Judge breathes life into 'brain dead' lawsuit

Monday, September 18, 2017
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

medical heartbeat screenA "brain dead" California girl isn't dead after all.

Two years ago Jahi McMath was a healthy 13-year-old in Oakland, California, where she was hospitalized for minor surgery.

"Jahi McMath is now a 15-year-old young woman," explains Alexandra Snyder, executive director of Life Legal Defense Foundation. "[She] had severe complications from a tonsillectomy a couple of years ago, and, at the time, she was declared brain dead. She had lost oxygen to her brain for a period of time."

Doctors told family members the girl would begin to decompose and die, and her life support should be pulled. The family sought legal assistance and was able to transfer Jahi to a New Jersey hospital. Since then, the girl has done well, considering the circumstances, and the family has recorded videos of her responding to verbal commands.

Snyder

"A very well-known, very prominent pediatric neurologist at UCLA examined Jahi's records," says Snyder, "and examined the video records showing her responding. And he said there is no way that this behavior is consistent with 'brain dead.'"

Alameda County Superior Court judge Stephen Pulido extensively cited the same expert, Dr. Alan Shewmon, and ruled the family's legal case, Winkfield v. Children's Hospital Oakland et al., can go forward.

Meanwhile, the family hasn't given up and continues to pray for a full recovery.

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