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Judge extends life support for California girl declared brain dead

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Updated: 12/30/2013 4:53 pm
(UPDATE) OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A California judge has ordered a 13-year-old girl declared brain dead to be kept on life support until Jan. 7.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo on Monday ordered Children's Hospital Oakland to maintain Jahi McMath on a ventilator past a 5 p.m. time set in a previous ruling.

The family wants to continue life support, saying there is hope for recovery.

Doctors at Children's Hospital and an independent pediatric neurologist from Stanford University have concluded the girl is brain dead.

Jahi underwent a tonsillectomy at the hospital on Dec. 9 to treat sleep apnea and other issues. After she awoke from the operation, her family said, she started bleeding heavily and went into cardiac arrest.

She was declared brain dead three days later.


Omari Sealey, the uncle of Jahi McMath, disclosed the plan on Monday to seek a restraining order against the hospital where the girl is on a breathing machine.

Under an order issued on Dec. 24 by a state judge, Jahi could be removed from a ventilator at Children's Hospital of Oakland at 5 p.m. PST.

The family wants to stop the hospital from removing Jahi from the ventilator, saying there is hope for recovery.

The teen suffered cardiac arrest after bleeding profusely following her operation earlier this month.

The hospital has declined to comment on its possible actions.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 
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