Skip to comments.Jahi McMath: Family says brain-dead teen's body may be too deteriorated to save
Posted on 01/07/2014 9:43:49 AM PST by Drew68
A day after winning the three-week battle to take their brain-dead daughter from Children's Hospital Oakland, the family of Jahi McMath conceded Monday they are losing the ghastly war against nature.
Her body, checked in at an undisclosed care facility Monday morning, has deteriorated so badly, that "Right now, we don't know if she's going to make it," said attorney Christopher Dolan.
"She's in very bad shape," he said. "What I can tell you is that those examinations show that her medical condition, separate from the brain issue, is not good."
Dolan's frank and sober assessment echoes a Friday legal declaration by Children's Hospital Oakland critical care pediatrician Dr. Heidi R. Flori, who opposed surgical insertion of a feeding tube because the girl's body was deteriorating.
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She was starved for 27 days.
This is all so sad. I know how the parents must be feeling.
There is NO ONE more Pro-Life than me. In this case I would advise the family to cease all external processes and comfort this child and let her into Jesus’ Welcoming Arms. Sad Situation Indeed.
If this wasn't a child there would have probably been a living will in place before this operation.
Tragedy, but the parents have dragged this out and tortured themselves more than they needed to IMO.
My prayers and best wishes to the family.
My heart goes out to them.
She was brain dead for longer than 27 days.
The child has already went on to Jesus. Its a tragedy but she was dead after her heart stopped and the ensuing brain damage.
This is only about the body.
Continued Prayers for Jahi and her family..
Read the article. This has nothing to do with it. Her brain is completely dead and has been ever since she went into cardiac arrest. Her body couldn't have absorbed nutrition even if they had fed her.
They should have accepted reality in the form of expert medical professionals’ declarations: their daughter is dead and has been so for some weeks.
Last time I checked there was more to the body than just the brain.
Why yes there is. Can the body survive without the brain? has someone invented an artificial brain?
This is a tragedy but we all die.
In addition to being denied antibiotics for a serious infection, for the purpose of causing organ failure.
In THIS case, the poor girl has no brain activity, and is only alive because of mechanical ventilation. There are cases, like this, where death has already occurred. Modern medicine is a blessing and a curse. There now exists the ability to keep a the body alive of someone who is well and truly dead. This is a very sad situation.
Ping. Lots of interesting medical info in the main story.
This story is so sad.
I know it is horrible what the family has to go through, but had they let her go earlier they might have taken some comfort knowing she could have saved another innocent child from death by donating her organs when it was much more feasible to do so.
That would have been some comfort to me at least.
I'm not a medical expert so I cannot comment that way, but I lost my younger brother to a massive brain aneurysm in August of 2012, and have family with medical backgrounds who went through painstaking detail in explaining to me how my brother's body was shutting itself down after brain death - despite being on life support.
Once the brain stops functioning and communicating with the rest of the body, it's only a matter of time before major organ failure sets in. Either way, death is imminent. It's just a question of time.
I certainly have sympathy for Jahi's family. I agree with you that it's a tragedy that they've dragged this out so long and tortured themselves. No one wants to lose their child -- especially after a surgical procedure that's so routine that it's literally inconceivable that someone would die because of it.
Anyway, there is a doctor who was brain dead, claimed to go to heaven. It's on YT somewhere. He came back and tells what he saw.
Our local talk host says he wasn't in heaven even though he claims he was. I'm going to try to take time to call and ask him why he holds that opinion.
St. Paul said he was caught up into the third heaven and it wasn't lawful to tell what he saw.
I do understand that the deceased could be on a vastly different timeline, like there is no time; everything is now.
Christians believe we must respect life until its natural end. From everything I have heard, this poor girl's life has already reached its natural end some time ago. She is being sustained by machines and she would quickly pass away if not for very active mechanical and medical support. I don't believe this is a "right to life" issue, but of course am willing to be corrected.