Skip to comments.Teen ordered off life support; family can appeal
Posted on 12/24/2013 3:34:25 PM PST by ColdOne
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) A judge on Tuesday ordered that a 13-year-old Northern California girl declared brain dead after suffering complications following a tonsillectomy be taken off life support.
But Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo gave Jahi McMath's family until 5 p.m. Dec. 30 to file an appeal. She will stay on life support until then.
Grillo issued the order after a Stanford doctor testified that Jahi is brain dead. Dr. Paul Graham Fisher's evaluation was the second to reach that conclusion.
Children's Hospital of Oakland, where Jahi is hospitalized, has asked that the girl be taken off life support after doctors there also concluded she was brain dead.
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I was talking to the owner of a large funeral home in Norfolk around 1982. I casually asked if he ever had anyone come back to life.
He replied that they had one just the week before. They called an ambulance which took him to the hospital where he lived a few days before dying again.
Who is paying for continuing this life support when she is brain dead?!
Just because there exists the technical ability to force a dead body to breathe, doesn’t mean dead people should be kept alive indefinitely.
It’s a complex issue - modern technology has considerably blurred the line between life and death - so who makes the choice and based on what criteria? On the other hand, keeping those life-saving machines occupied by someone who has entered an irreversible state will end up causing others who might need the machines more, to have to wait longer, increasing their odds of entering a “vegetative” state themselves.
"What are you doing? Were you pulling the plug on me?"
It is a sad situation.
Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to bring the brain back to life once it has become dead tissue. This case is *not* like the Terri Schindler case, where her brain was damaged but she was still alive and aware. Nor is it comparable to a coma case, where the person cannot move or react, but is alive and may be conscious (in some cases).
First the hospital causes this to happen, now they want this child dead so they can get the bed..sickening..this is what a death panel looks like
Please provide some evidence.
This is quite different from the situation of a person like Terri Schiavo, who was not brain dead, and not even dying --- no, not even "terminal" --- when they removed her nutrition and hydration. In her case, even though she was breathing on her own and responsive, her husband Michael wanted her gone, for whatever reason of weariness, confused compassion or personal interest (she did have assets he would inherit) --- and when at last she died, she did not die of her "underlying condition," she died of hunger and thirst: starvation and dehydration. That, my friends, was murder.
In the pathetic situation reported on this thread, death has occurred without any hurry-up from powerful others. Burying the dead is also a Work of Mercy.
That is.... if what was reported is true.
She walked in and will be carried out?
Thank you for reminding me of the Terri Schiavo tragedy. I had not forgotten her but I did need a reminder. That was murder.
I was in an induced coma and you are right. I could hear; but not move or react. They couldn’t wake me up for a while; but my husband came in and said he was going to do the dishes. LOL I woke up and said “fat chance”. It’s a hard one. Also, when I was having seizures, I could talk and answer questions as wierd as that sounds.
Having your tonsils removed is a routine procedure. You aren’t supposed to die.
Morbidity other than minor post-surgical infection is uncommon. About one in every 15,000 tonsillectomies ends in death, either from the anesthesia or bleeding five to seven days after the operation.
If as reported she is brain dead I agree with you. She is dead.
My heart breaks for her mother. I hope the hospital offered he more than “she’s brain dead and we are taking her off life support.”
It has happened occasionally that “brain dead” people have woken up.
They make mistakes in hospitals too.
Frankly, most of these cases are DOA.
However, knew a young man who overdosed and was brain dead. Also his lungs were giving out after a week plus on vent...glass lung syndrome. The docs were going to turn him off on Friday, but since Sunday was Mother’s Day and he was his mother’s only child, they decided to wait until Monday. He woke up Saturday.
How was he? Ok, Some memory loss, some processing complications. Never finished his doctorate, working the convenience store life. A learning lesson for my children.
No they shouldn't be kept "alive" in perpetuity, but at least let her parents get past Christmas instead of having the ghouls in organ donation drooling over her heart, liver kidneys and eyes.