They were wrong. ©2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Murphy also added that, in most cases, hospitals keep meticulous details of a patient's records, which often aid medical examiners on what led up to death.  The family also claims that the hospital pressured them to donate McMath's organs. I have been following this tragedy of Jahi since it started. Her parents considered these measures to constitute life support, while her doctors considered this to be futile treatment of a deceased person. OAKLAND (CBS) – Doctors are saying Jahi McMath’s brain showed signs of improvement after being declared brain dead. It was hoped these procedures would provide improved airflow during her sleep at night. She underwent surgery on December 9, 2013 at the Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. (PDF) He goes on to say the death certificate, "notes that Jahi had been suffering from an anoxic brain injury for 4 years. She suffered unknown complications after a series of three simultaneous tissue and tonsil removal surgeries, which caused bleeding and a heart attack. "It is tragic that only now, after her death can I being my daughter home. ", On December 30, 2013, the family appealed the decision to the Second District, California Courts of Appeal and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, calling for the hospital to continue life support measures until other arrangements could be made by the family for the girl's care.  Public confusion surrounding differences between brain death and cardiac death raised by this case led some doctors to voice concern about how the case could affect live organ recovery from brain dead patients. Finally, we located a Catholic Hospital in New Jersey, which agreed to accept Jahi. %���� https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/29/health/jahi-mcmath-brain-dead-teen-death But according to doctors at Harvard Medical School, Family Members Demand Answers, Justice After Deadly Shooting In Modesto Kills 2, Evacuations Lifted, Highway 50 Reopened As Fire Burns Near Cameron Park, VIDEO: Bear At Yosemite National Park Shows Off His Voice, Man Dead After Being Shot In Head In North Sacramento, Authorities Say, Person Found Shot And Killed In His Car In Stockton, Coroner Identifies Man Killed By Van While Crossing Street In Antelope, Baby In Amber Alert Who Was Taken By Father Located In Stockton; Father In Custody, Man Breaks Into Galt Home While Teens Still Logged Into Class, Teacher Calls 911, Community Rallies To Bring Rancho Cordova Home Depot Kitty Back Home, Teen, 14, Riding Bike In Crosswalk Killed By Car In Elk Grove, Public File for KMAX-TV / Good Day Sacramento. 1 0 obj Jahi’s surgery, on December 9, 2013, was seemingly without incident, and she was taken to the ICU for post-surgical recovery where her mother was present to comfort her. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. , This case has prompted some commentators to discuss the futility of life support in such cases and even refer to it as "death support". What next, abort children with severe birth defects who are destined to die after absorbing tremendous medical resources? Jahi, in her weakened state was ruled brain-dead. Terminate the elderly suffering from severe brain damage from Alzheimer’s because they are so damaged they cannot care for themselves, know what is happening, who they are, or otherwise have a “meaningful existence” or “quality of life”?