By Nancy Valko As a mother who has lost two beloved daughters, my heart goes out to Jahi McMath’s mother Nailah Winkfield after the recent loss of her daughter after an almost 5 year battle to save her and have California rescind her death certificate after doctors concluded that Jahi was “brain dead.” Jahi McMath …Continue reading "A Legacy for Jahi McMath"
By Dave Andrusko Jahi McMath, the teenager at the heart of a determined and courageous fight waged by her parents against a brain-death diagnosis , passed away June 22 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., “of bleeding due to liver failure and a brain injury caused by lack of oxygen,” according …Continue reading "Jahi McMath dies June 22, posthumous report says she improved after she was declared brain-dead"
By Wesley J. Smith In California, Jahi McMath is legally dead. In New Jersey, she is legally alive. Now, the deceased—or profoundly disabled—teenager is the subject of litigation that could make history. A quick rundown: In 2013, the then thirteen-year-old girl suffered a cardiac arrest after undergoing throat surgery. Jahi’s brain was deprived of oxygen, …Continue reading "Justice for Jahi"
By Wesley J. Smith This could be one of the biggest bioethics cases since Terri Schiavo. A judge has ruled that the teenager, declared dead in California, may not be dead. From the East Bay Express story: Jahi McMath, the Oakland teenager whose brain death case has sparked national debate, may not currently fit the …Continue reading "Judge Rules Jahi McMath May Not be Dead"
By Wesley J. Smith Readers may recall Jahi McMath–the teenager declared brain dead in California. Her family–assisted by the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network and the Life Legal Defense Foundation–fought the determination in court. A settlement led to Jahi being declared dead by California as the family was permitted to take her to New …Continue reading "Jahi McMath Breathing on Own?"
By Dave Andrusko This one is on me. Until a reader emailed me a link today, I did not know that the family of Jahi McMath cleared an important hurdle last month thanks to a First Appellate Court ruling that Nailah Winkfield can try to prove her now nearly 16-year-old daughter is alive. As odd …Continue reading "Jahi McMath’s mother can attempt to prove she is alive, California court rules"
By Dave Andrusko We last wrote about Jahi McMath, a remarkable young girl, in October and November. Jahi, now 15, has been the focus of a tremendous legal battle ever since she suffered cardiac arrest following routine surgery and was soon after declared brain-dead, a diagnosis her family and some very respected physicians adamantly disagree …Continue reading "Jahi McMath’s family files federal suit to have her death certificate revoked"
By Wesley J. Smith When last we visited the Jahi McMath case, a judge gave her mother the chance to file an amended complaint showing that Jahi is alive, with the assurance that if properly pleaded, evidence of life could be brought She seems to have done just that. From Thaddeus Mason Pope’s blog Medical …Continue reading "Jahi Family: Examining Neurologist Finds She’s Alive"
By Dave Andrusko It seems almost impossible that the time has flown by this quickly, but it’s been nearly two years since Jahi McMath suffered a cardiac arrest following routine surgery and was soon after declared brain-dead. Last Saturday the “brain dead” girl’s family celebrated her 15th birthday at her bedside at a New Jersey …Continue reading "Family of Jahi McMath, declared brain-dead two years ago, says “You can see she is still alive and just as beautiful as ever”"
By Wesley J. Smith A court in California has permitted Jahi McMath’s mother to present evidence that Jahi ”has standing” to bring a lawsuit. From the court’s order sustaining a demurrer (meaning the original pleadings were insufficient to go forward): CHO’s demurrer…is SUSTAINED…WITH LEAVE TO AMEND to allege facts sufficient to state a cognizable cause …Continue reading "Court Permits Evidence Jahi McMath Alive"
By Wesley J. Smith To no one’s surprise, the family of Jahi McMath has sued Children’s Hospital of Oakland for medical malpractice. From the NJ.Com story: The family of Jahi McMath — a teenager now living in the Somerset section of Franklin Township — is suing the California hospital over the severe brain damage she …Continue reading "Jahi Malpractice vs “She’s Not Dead” Cases"
By Dave Andrusko OAKLAND — The family of Jahi McMath officially filed its lawsuit Tuesday and for the first time provided the family’s account of what allegedly happened after Jahi underwent an operation in 2013 to treat sleep apnea. “The lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court lists Dr. Frederick Rosen, an ear, nose and …Continue reading "Family of Jahi McMath files medical malpractice suit against California hospital and surgeon"