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An Alameda County judge on Tuesday declared a 13-year-old Oakland girl brain-dead due to complications from a tonsillectomy earlier this month, but ordered her kept on life support until next Monday.


Jahi McMath, right, is seen with her mother, Nailah Winkfield. (Family photo)

Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo told relatives of Jahi McMath that until then, they can file an appeal to his decision.

Soon after Jahi had tonsils removed at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland on Dec. 9, the eighth-grader went into cardiac arrest and the flow of oxygen to her brain was cut off.

She was declared brain-dead after three tests showed there was no “cerebral activity,” according to court records.

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