Judge extends life support for Bay Area girl

Jahi McMath and her mother Nailah Winkfield

December 30, 2013 4:21:52 PM PST
A judge has granted a TRO extending Jahi McMath's life support until 5 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2014.r. The 13-year-old girl was pronounced brain dead December 12 after complications from tonsil surgery.

The court order keeping her on a breathing machine expires at 5 p.m. Officials at Children's Hospital say they will turn off Jahi's ventilator unless a judge issues a new order. The family has not contacted the hospital today and no court hearings are scheduled. Jahi's uncle said he will return to the hospital around 3 p.m.

Jahi's parents have raised more than $22,000 on a crowdsourcing website to help pay for her transfer to another facility. But a Southern California facility that had offered to take her has backed out.

"The press, the public, the hospital are all waiting to see what effort the family makes if any given the time in the history of this tragic case," said Children's Hospital Oakland spokesperson Sam Singer.

A small group of supporters gathered in prayer for Jahi yesterday, but the family did not make any public comments about what will happen next. Six physicians have reviewed the case and all agree she is brain dead.

KGO-TV San Francisco, CA contributed to this report.


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