Mother Cleared To Move Brain-Dead Girl From Hospital

A judge Friday said a woman can remove her brain-dead daughter from a hospital as long as she assumes full responsibility for the move.

Jahi McMath (Courtesy photo/file)

OAKLAND, Calif. (January 4, 2014) The mother of a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain dead after tonsil surgery can remove the child from a hospital in Oakland, Calif., as long as she assumes full responsibility for the move, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo said Friday.

The girl, Jahi McMath, has been on a ventilator for nearly a month, and her family has been fighting to have her transferred out of Children's Hospital Oakland.

Grillo said Friday that Nailah Winkfield can move her daughter under a deal with the hospital that holds the mother accountable for consequences that could include Jahi going into cardiac arrest.

Grillo, however, denied the family's motion to force the hospital to insert breathing and feeding tubes, which the girl would need for long-term care at another facility.


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