The title of a recently released CNN article is “Judge: California teen is BRAIN DEAD after tonsil surgery” (Web-site/URL: http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/24/health/jahi-mcmath-girl-brain-dead/index.html?hpt=hp_t1).
“A judge has concluded that 13-year-old Jahi McMath, who suffered complications after tonsil surgery, is BRAIN DEAD“.
“An attorney representing her family told reporters they haven’t decided yet whether to appeal the judge’s decision, which came after a court-appointed doctor testified Tuesday (December 24 2013) that Jahi was brain dead”.
“The judge has ruled that Jahi will remain on life support at least until December 30 (2013). Family members said they planned to spend Christmas in her hospital room, OPENING GIFTS and SIPPING HOT CHOCOLATE“, which is what kids should be doing. Now she WON’T be able to and this is HEARTBREAKING.
“Earlier Tuesday (December 24, 2013), Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland argued that the court should LIFT a restraining order that requires life support for the girl“. In other words, Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland was arguing that Jahi McMath should be TAKEN OFF life support.
“In court papers, the hospital wrote”: “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“.
“Standing outside the courthouse on Tuesday (December 24, 2013), family members said they were hoping for a holiday miracle while Jahi remains hospitalized”. Of course this “holiday miracle” seems to be EXCEEDINGLY UNLIKELY.
According to Omari Sealey, the girl’s uncle, “Christmas is tomorrow (December 25 2013), so it’d be GREAT IF she woke up tomorrow (December 25, 2013). ... If this was your daughter, wouldn’t you want her to wake up in the next five minutes?” Sure but we have to deal with REALITY here, that Jahi McMath most likely WON’T “wake up”.
“Alameda Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo previously ruled that the hospital must hold off on any decisions regarding discontinuing life support until December 30 (2013) and encouraged both sides to WORK TOGETHER (?)” WILL THIS HAPPEN? “This is A VERY, VERY CHARGED case (and) THE STAKES ARE VERY HIGH” obviously. “There is A YOUNG GIRL involved (here) and I think it would suit both parties well if you would SPEAK WITH EACH OTHER (?) about how we are going to get through the next few days“. “speak with each other?” Given how POLARIZED people are right now, this is EXTREMELY UNLIKELY.
“Attorney Christopher Dolan said family members need to evaluate what the judge said on Tuesday (December 24, 2013) before they decide on their next move”. “This involves some VERY SERIOUS religious beliefs about LIFE and DEATH“.
“But he said he hoped the judge’s decision sends a message to hospitals everywhere”: “The parents COME FIRST. What this case represents legally is that parents can say no when a hospital says, ‘We’re pulling the plug.’ They thought that a hospital SHOULDN’T tell them their child was going to be removed from a ventilator” .
“Mother Nailah Winkfield has said she’ll keep fighting no matter what”. “I’m going to support her. IT’S MY JOB TO DO IT. ANY MOTHER WOULD DO IT“, unless we’re talking about SUSAN SMITH (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Smith) or ANDREA YATES (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Yates), two people who can only be described as PURELY EVIL.
“The hospital’s filing said”: “Children’s (Hospital) is currently MERELY PRESERVING Ms. McMath’s body from the natural post-mortem course of events. There is NO legal, ethical or moral requirement that it continue to do so or that the family consent in the decision to stop doing so“.
According to Dr. David Durand, “the hospital’s chief of pediatrics”, “WE HAVE THE DEEPEST SYMPATHY FOR (?) Jahi’s mother (Nailah Winkfield), WHO WISHES HER DAUGHTER WAS ALIVE; but the ventilator cannot reverse the brain death that has occurred and IT WOULD BE WRONG TO GIVE FALSE HOPE that Jahi will ever come back to life“.
“Winkfield told CNN on Monday (December 23 2013) that she’d seen recent improvements in her daughter’s condition. A hospital monitor suggests her daughter is trying to breathe on her own, she said. “They told me WITHOUT YOUR BRAIN, YOU CAN’T TAKE YOUR OWN BREATH. Well, she’s trying, so that means SOMETHING’S working“. MAYBE.
“Durand said Monday (December 23 2013) that hospital officials are looking into the matter and are “committed to learning what led to this CATASTROPHIC outcome”. What happened to Jahi McMath WAS CERTAINLY “catastrophic”. “We are SORRY that Jahi McMath SUFFERED TRAGIC COMPLICATIONS from her complex surgery. Our hearts go out to the grieving family and community about this SAD situation“. Sure sounds like Children’s Hospital is trying to TAKE McMath OFF life support and END HER LIFE.
“In its court filing Tuesday (December 24, 2013), the hospital also fought against a request by Winkfield to bring in Dr. Paul Byrne as an expert to study the case”.
“Byrne, a neonatologist and pediatrician, wrote on the website RenewAmerica.com that he believes “Jahi is NOT truly dead“. The political site PUSHES ITS VIEW OF the Constitution” which means that it’s a RIGHT-WING site/BIASED toward the political RIGHT.
This is surely DEVASTATING for the McMath family. NO PARENT can bear to hear the diagnosis “brain dead” about their child and NO AUNT OR UNCLE can bear to hear the diagnosis “brain dead” about their niece/nephew.