Jahi McMath: Judge Says Mom Can Move Girl From Oakland Hospital

A 13-year-old girl, who was declared brain dead after having her tonsils removed, can be moved to another facility if her mother assumes full responsibility, a judge ruled Friday.

Jahi McMath tonsillectomy

Jahi McMath, 13, had a tonsillectomy to correct a form of sleep apnea. After complications, “she is 100% brain damaged. Medically dead,” her uncle says. (Credit: Omari Sealey via CNN)

Jahi McMath has been on a ventilator for nearly a month at Children’s Hospital Oakland.

The teenager has been declared brain dead by two doctors, but her family is fighting to keep her on life support in hopes of a miracle recovery.

Jahi had surgery to treat pediatric obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that made her stop breathing in her sleep and caused other medical problems.

Several hours after the procedure, the girl began bleeding profusely. According to family members, Jahi went into cardiac arrest. Days later, she was declared brain dead.

Since that time, the hospital and family members have been embroiled in a legal battle over Jahi’s care.

At a hearing Friday, a judge ruled the Jahi can be moved to another facility if her mother assumes full responsibility, including the possibility that the teenager could go into cardiac arrest, CNN affiliate KTVU reported.

The specifics of any such release were not disclosed.

CNN contributed to this report.


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