Update: 5:15 p.m.

Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo ordered Children’s Hospital Oakland to maintain 13-year-old Jahi McMath on a ventilator past the 5 p.m. Monday time that was set in a previous temporary restraining order. The new deadline is 5 p.m. on Jan. 7.

Jahi has been declared irreparably brain dead by doctors.

Jahi’s uncle, Omari Sealey, stated earlier this afternoon that a facility in New York has agreed to take her, and that the family has contracted with an air ambulance company to transport her door to door.

Sealey also said the family has video of Jahi moving when her mother speaks.

Jahi’s family was jubilant after Grillo’s extension. According to the Associated Press:

Nailah Winkfield, the girl’s mother, said she wept when she heard about the ruling and hugged relatives outside the hospital.

She said the delay was an answer to her prayers and a sign that she was right to keep fighting.

“Who wants to know the date and the time their child would die?” she said. “I don’t care what anyone has to say about what I’m doing… I have to do what is right for me and for Jahi.”

She said she does not believe her daughter is dead because her heart is still beating.

Sam Singer, a hospital spokesman, said it would comply with the judge’s new order.

The family’s attorney, Christopher Dolan, said he was pleased about getting the extension from Judge Grillo.

“He’s giving us a meaningful opportunity to seek relief and what I consider a stay of execution,” Dolan said. “I feel like I’m a death row lawyer and it does not feel good.”

Dolan said he called Jahi’s mother at the hospital about Grillo granting the extension and she said the hospital staff had cleared the family out of the waiting room in preparation for removal of the ventilator.

“She said it was a horrible feeling ,and when I got to tell her that her daughter would not be unplugged, she broke down in tears,” he said.

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.

The latest ruling on Monday came after the family said they would sue to keep Jahi on life support.

Family spokesman Omari Sealey, the uncle of Jahi, disclosed the plan to seek a restraining order against the hospital.

Sealey said the family took video of Jahi responding when her mother touched and talked to her. He also said a pediatrician examined her and said she was not dead.

A facility in New York state is willing to take Jahi, and arrangements have been made for medical transport with a doctor by her side, the uncle said.

The family said on its fundraising website that it had raised more than $25,000 for a possible transfer.

Earlier Monday, Singer reiterated the position of the doctors.

“This is one of the most tragic situations imaginable,” Singer said. “A family has lost their young daughter. But unfortunately, Jahi is deceased. No amount of hope, prayer or medical procedures will bring her back.”

Cynthia Chiarappa, a hospital spokeswoman, has said officials would have to understand the capabilities of the New York facility before allowing a possible transfer.

The hospital also said it would need to confirm there is lawful transportation included in any transfer plan and there is written permission from the coroner.

Doctors at Children’s Hospital have refused to perform a tracheotomy for breathing and to insert a feeding tube — procedures that would be necessary to transfer Jahi. The hospital has said it’s unethical to perform surgery on a person legally declared dead.

Here is Judge Grillo’s extension of the temporary restraining order:

Jahi McMath TRO Extension

Update: 4:18 p.m. ABC7News Bay Area is reporting that the judge has extended the temporary restraining order until 5 p.m. on Jan. 7.

Update: 3:50 p.m. Jahi McMath’s uncle, Omari Sealey, made a brief statement this afternoon. He said a facility in New York has agreed to take Jahi and that the family has contracted with an air ambulance company to transport her door to door. However, he said that the hospital is not cooperating and that the family was asking Judge Evelio Grillo to extend a restraining order against the hospital, so that it will not disconnect the ventilator allowing her to breathe past a 5 p.m. deadline. Sealey also said a motion in federal court has been filed.

McMath, 13, has been declared irreparably brain dead by doctors.

Sealey said the family has video of Jahi moving when her mother speaks.


Update 3:45 p.m.: Tweet from ABC7 News:

Original post:
Children’s Hospital Oakland said Sunday that without an emergency court order, it will unhook 13-year-old Jahi McMath at 5 p.m. today from the ventilator enabling her to breath. That’s when Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo’s current injunction against that action expires.

From Jahi McMath Fund

Jahi was declared brain dead by hospital doctors after heavy bleeding related to a tonsillectomy and other procedures intended to treat a sleep apnea on Dec 9. A court-ordered assessment by an independent pediatric neurologist from Stanford University also concluded that her brain showed no activity.

The girl’s family, however, says they believe she is still alive and are against disconnecting her from the ventilator. The family was pinning its hopes on a New York facility that would take Jahi after two California facilities withdrew offers.

Chris Dolan, the family’s attorney, said he was waiting to hear from the New York hospital after its facility director and medical director speak. He said the facility is run by an “organization that believes in life.” KTVU reported earlier today that the New York facility had rescinded its offer.

On Sunday, Dolan said, “The family is together, and today everybody is praying and being together.” ABC7News is reporting that Dolan intended to return to court today to prevent the hospital from disconnecting Jahi.

This afternoon, Sandra Chapman, Jahi’s grandmother, said the family is still seeking another hospital or care facility for her granddaughter.

“We’re working on it. There are people that are helping us. I know one’s going to come through.I know it. I feel it. I’m not concerned. I’m really not. Jahi’s moving. And if she’s moving, the doctors should pay attention to that because maybe we don’t need this at all.”

On Sunday, the hospital released a letter it sent to Dolan, stating it would be “pleased to communicate directly with a physician at any facility that is considering accepting Jahi’s body to make sure Children’s understands the requirements set by that facility for accepting the body, and to ensure that the facility understands the current condition of the dead body and what is being done to maintain it under Judge Grillo’s temporary restraining order. Of course, the family’s representatives can observe that communication.”

“We need to be able to talk to the other facility to understand what it is they are capable of doing,” Cynthia Chiarappa, a hospital spokeswoman, said. “This is not transferring an individual in a vegetative state, but a dead body.”

The hospital also said any transportation of Jahi would have to be “lawful” and that it would need written permission from a coroner if the new facility was out of state.

Dolan said previously that the family views the New York site as it’s “last, last hope.” He has also has said it was possible the family could file a federal appeal.

Sam Singer, spokesperson for Children’s Hospital Oakland, said yesterday that “there’s unfortunately, no amount of hope, no amount of prayer that can bring [Jahi] back.”

Dolan and Singer also got into a finger-pointing match in front of the hospital. You can see parts of that at around 1:00 in this video.

When asked on CNN yesterday what it would take to be convinced that her daughter was dead, Jahi’s mother, Nailah Winkfield, said, “I would probably need for my child’s heart to stop, to show me she was dead. Her heart is still beating, so there’s still life there.”

Omari Sealey, Jahi’s uncle, said he saw signs of life in that the girl was moving different parts of her body.

Arthur Caplan, director of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center, told CNN last week that this particular case is “giving the impression that dead people can come back to life.”

Notes from Paul Graham Fisher, the Stanford doctor who assessed Jahi’s neurological activity, state there is a “complete absence of cerebral function and complete absence of brainstem function. Child meets all criteria for brain death, by professional societies and state of California.” The notes were obtained by NBC Bay Area.

Yesterday, Singer said the surgery undergone by Jahi was “complex.”

“This was not a simple procedure,” he said.

An attorney for the hospital told NBC Bay Area yesterday that the only way to determine what went wrong in the surgery is from an autopsy.

Update: From NBC Bay Area:

“Jahi’s attorney, Chris Dolan, had said he may consider filing a federal lawsuit on behalf of the girl’s family. But on Monday morning, no such suit had been filed.”

And regarding the surgeries that Jahi underwent:

The surgeries included: An adenotonsillectomy; a uvulopalatopharyngloplasty, or UPPP, which is tissue removal in the throat; and submucous resection of bilateral inferior turbinates, which is nasal obstruction.


KQED Public Radio’s Forum today discussed the meaning of brain death.

Family Wins Extension for Brain-Dead Jahi McMath, Says Facility Will Take Her 31 December,2013KQED News Staff and Wires

  • radioactiv8

    Right about now the hospital is wishing they never admitted this idiotic mother and her poor child into their facility. What a headache this mother is. Your kid is dead!

  • Carmena Hilliard

    They need to stop. Stop once and for all. The girl is dead. If you listen to the family they apparently know so much more than the doctors. If I had video of my child responding, I would put in on the TV news. The family has sunk to a new low.

    • CWL

      Did you read the Dr’s report? No reflexes blown pupils. I think the whole family is braindead. How long will they go? And who is paying all $$$ it takes each day to care for a cadaver? Certainly not the ins (If they really had ins) they will only pay for the living. Unflippin’believable.

  • azbluesgal

    putting two new holes in a dead body is ridiculous. it definitely WILL stop her heart then. will the family be satisfied if she “dies” again for good when and if they get some quack to come into the hospital and perform the “operation”. this is NOT a board game folks, it’s time to face reality.

    • CWL

      Although CHO must want them gone they are not going to let just “anyone” mess with “the body” (Liability) and the drs. will not touch a dead body? Will the coroner have to do the procedure? I wouldn’t be surprised if CHO doesn’t file something asap. This has gone on way too long the family had their chances dead is dead! They need to DEAL! Not to mention she is taking up resources that a live kid can need. This is just disgusting.

  • Joe Rassam

    How does one not have compassion for the family? They aren’t the ones responsible for the faulty medical care. But they are the ones paying the emotional price. And yet many people have posted comments below against the family, and/or in favor of the doctors and hospital. Doubt that those who left those comments would feel the same way if some doctor or hospital did that to their child.

    • Winston Smith

      The fact the family has turned this into a grotesque circus AND are exploiting their dead daughter/niece for money makes contempt the primary emotion for most.

      Jahi McMath’s Uncle, Omari Sealey, has a Twitter account.

      His banner comment?

      “worried about getting them Dollars UP.”

      At least the family is honest about something.

      • Joe Rassam

        For those in the family focused on money, that’s all they have left after having their daughter/niece killed by the docs.

        • Winston Smith

          No one sane believes this “religious” family wasn’t focused on money and self-gain well before Jahi ever went to the hospital.

          Jahi was NOT “killed by the docs.” Since you assert otherwise, please reference the autopsy report demonstrating they did.

          • Joe Rassam

            Really? According to you, the family whose daughter died “focused on money and self-gain before Jahi ever went to the hospital”? So by your implication, they hoped for her and/or wanted her to die? You are stretching things beyond any sane bounds of decency.

          • Joe Rassam

            People filled with hate and anger like you should shut up! So now you say the family planned their daughter’s own death to make money off of her. You are a deeply troubled and a mentally ill individual. Your racism and hatred of others is evident. Repent you sociopathic loser.

          • Joe Rassam

            Oh yes you did! Just because you work where you do….doesn’t make you special or all knowing in law, or allow you to lie and abuse people over the internet. You have a litany of people that can’t stand you dating back to your days in southern California Winston! Doubt your employer would be proud of you, my higher IQ monkey.

          • Winston Smith

            My days in SoCal, eh? When and where was that?

            You obviously have me confused with your dealer.

          • Joe Rassam

            Thanks for confirming that your IQ is not as high as you thought my little monkey. Got to get back to watching CSN Sports. I like the legal analyst on that show, what’s his name?

          • Winston Smith

            I don’t watch television. Clearly, that’s what gives you your “thinking.”

            Obviously, you have no idea who “Winston Smith” is. It’s not Will Smith’s bro’.

          • Joe Rassam

            It’s been fun, give me a call and we can laugh about this another time – 510-763-, well you know the rest.

  • K Dahlin

    Wow – what heartless comments. I agree the little girl is dead and the family needs to move on and begin the mourning but, for anyone, losing a child especially so unexpectedly, is devastating. In all likelihood, the doctor(s) that informed the family about their daughter’s situation did not do a good job in communicating her status and created distrust of the doctors and facility. It’s not hard to imagine how this can happen. It can be perpetuated by lawyers and other unscrupulous people with their own agendas. And these things can get murky in this day and age when a body can look like it’s living by virtue of modern technology.

  • Nobes

    I whole-heartedly support the family on this issue. The doctors have done all they can do, now it is in the hands of God. He is able to do a miracle for the child. I personally know a girl (age 23) who was twice declared brain dead in 2013 by doctors, but because of her mother’s perseverance and faith in God, is alive today. Read more about her amazing testimony entitled, “Back from the Dead”–https://www.bridetabchurch.org/testimony.html

    • Winston Smith

      If the family believes a miracle will occur, then pull the plug.

  • Leah Edwards

    Well if they are able to transfer the poor childs body without flatlining her , it will be a miracle. I have such a headache over this story. I absolutely am so sorry they have lost this child. I know Moms grief is profound. But this situation is becoming morbidly prolonged. They cant keep trying to swat death away like it doesnt have to be acknowledged. It is here to stay. Final. Done. I cant help but get a freaky vision of this childs corpse stashed in a bedroom somewhere, hooked up to sundry medical devices until she rots before their eyes. Where else but a mortuary would welcome a corpse? This is so sad. I hope this family finds acceptance and peace in this heartbreaking situation, and a tad bit of logic may not hurt at this point either.l

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