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Group uses "brain dead" teen as fundraising tool

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Updated: 1/08 12:29 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A consumer advocacy nonprofit says a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead serves as a prime example for what's wrong with caps on medical malpractice lawsuits.

Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court said Wednesday that he e-mailed a plea to supporters before Christmas asking for donations to change the $250,000 limit on awards for malpractice cases in California.

Court is drawing criticism for using Jahi McMath's case for flaws in the cap.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/1aHUuF8) that the attorney for Jahi's family and a Children's Hospital Oakland spokesman both criticized Court for mentioning the girl in the consumer group's mailer.

Jahi's family moved the girl from Children's Hospital on Sunday more than three weeks after she was declared brain dead due to complications from sleep apnea surgery last month.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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