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Judge: Jahi McMath off life support unless her family files an appeal

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A judge has said that Jahi McMath will be taken off life support since she has officially been declared brain dead. On Dec. 24, the New York Post reported that Jahi, 13, will be taken off life support on Dec. 30 at 5:00 p.m. unless her family files an appeal before then.

As previously reported, Jahi's life was jeopardized after a routine tonsillectomy. She went in for surgery -- and while her tonsils were removed successfully, complications followed and Jahi's lifeless body has been in a hospital bed ever since. The family had been waiting for a second opinion on Jahi's condition -- but a court appointed doctor has confirmed what Jahi's family was dreading.

The judge saying that Jahi McMath can go off life support is not what anyone wanted to hear. Everyone was hopeful that another doctor would have another opinion -- and that there would be some chance that Jahi would be okay. However, things aren't getting any better... and the family is spending Christmas in Room 325 at Children's Hospital in Oakland, Calif.; Praying and hoping for a Christmas miracle.

"It's Christmas Eve, there is still time for a miracle. Prayers are more important than ever before because the clock is ticking," said Jahi's uncle, Omari Sealey.

Although the judge said Jahi McMath can go off life support, her family isn't ready to let her go just yet... but the hospital isn't doing anything to help -- because they cant. "Because Ms. McMath is dead, practically and legally, there is no course of medical treatment to continue or discontinue; there is nothing to which the family’s consent is applicable," the hospital said in a court filing on Tuesday.

This tonsil tragedy is hard to believe and very hard to read about on Christmas Eve especially.

© Effie Orfanides 2013

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