By Wesley J. Smith So a woman is declared brain dead in Ireland, but not taken off maintenance so her unborn child can gestate long enough to survive. The family wants to bury her. But a human life can be saved! This really upsets Emer O’Toole in The Guardian. From, “A Brain Dead Irish …Continue reading "Two contrasting responses to brain-dead women carrying unborn babies"
By Wesley J. Smith I accept properly diagnosed brain death as dead. Hence, when three doctors found that Jahi McMath was tragically gone, I accepted the diagnosis. But I also wrote that if her body did not deteriorate–as happens in almost all brain death cases–that would raise my eyebrows. Now, it’s one year later, …Continue reading "Making Sure Jahi Stays “Dead”?"
By Wesley J. Smith This is disturbing. Two internationally respected neurologists [Dr. Alan Shewmon and Dr. Calixto Machado] conclude that Jahi McMath isn’t brain dead, and the Stanford court appointed independent expert isn’t even curious to see what is going on? Apparently not, as Dr. Paul Graham Fisher says the evidence presented “isn’t enough.” …Continue reading "Really? Stanford Doc Says No Jahi Life"
By Wesley J. Smith If the concept of “justice” matters–and if we care about the integrity of the system that bears its name–the Jahi McMath case must be reopened. This from someone who wrote publicly last year that I thought she was dead. The other day, I posted about UCLA neurologist Alan Shewmon’s opinion …Continue reading "MRI Test Proves Jahi Not Brain Dead!"
By Wesley J. Smith I know and deeply respect Dr. Alan Shewmon, professor emeritus in neurology at UCLA. He is a world renowned expert on the brain, particularly dealing with pediatrics. A source has sent me a declaration under penalty of perjury that Shewmon signed on October 3, 2014, testifying that Jahi McMath is …Continue reading "UCLA Neurologist: Jahi “Alive!” “Awake!”"
By Wesley J. Smith I have read the petition filed on behalf of Jahi McMath’s mother to reopen the case and declare her daughter alive. Here is the gist: Petitioner [Jahi’s mother] is in possession of current evidence, including MRI evidence of the integrity of the brain structure, electrical activity in her brain as …Continue reading "Claim: Jahi “Interactive” and “Responsive”"
By Wesley J. Smith According to the State of California, Jahi McMath has been dead since December 9, 2013, when she went into cardiac arrest after catastrophic side effects from throat surgery. Oakland Children’s Hospital doctors insisted she was brain dead, that is, she had experienced total brain failure. Under California law, brain death …Continue reading "Court Petition to Declare Jahi McMath Alive!"
By Dave Andrusko Imagine, as if anyone could, the range of emotions that the family of Jessie Ayagalria experienced, first in the blink of an eye, then over a period of six months. Last January, she is laughing with her uncle and her sister. “Next thing I know they were hollering for me and …Continue reading "Baby Faith is born almost six months after mother declared brain-dead"
By Wesley J. Smith A news story reports that Jahi McMath, declared dead by the State of California, is being maintained at a Catholic hospital in New Jersey. More, that she may be becoming responsive. From the San Jose Mercury News story: KPIX reported that she is receiving round-the-clock care and has responded to …Continue reading "What if Jahi McMath is Alive?"
By Dave Andrusko A nice ending… Earlier this week, NRL News Today posted about the request of the family of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old Oakland girl declared brain-dead in December, that she receive a diploma. The Oakland Tribune reported that following a meeting Wednesday between E.C. Reems Academy of Technology and Arts administrators and …Continue reading "Jahi McMath will receive honorary diploma today"
By Dave Andrusko The family of Jahi McMath is posting on social media, asking supporters to contact her charter school to ask them to grant the eighth-grader a diploma this week. Jahi, diagnosed as brain-dead, was the center of a tremendous battle between the Oakland-area hospital, which wanted to take her off of life …Continue reading "Family of Jahi McMath wants middle school to grant teenager a diploma"
By Dave Andrusko I have no doubt that someone has already passed this amazing story of recovery along to Nailah Winkfield, the mother of Jahi McMath, the teenager whom medical authorities are convinced is brain dead. Ms. McMath won the right to move Jahi from Oakland Children’s Hospital to an undisclosed location where feeding …Continue reading "Diagnosed as brain-dead, man now back on basketball court and pursuing college degree"