Jahi McMath Is Still on Life Support, but Is She Alive?
Mom Latasha Winkfield thought her prayers had finally been answered when her daughter Jahi McMath was transferred to an undisclosed medical facility. Left brain dead after a tonsillectomy, the 13-year-old girl has been at the center of a huge debate: doctors said she was dead and should be taken off life support while her family said there was still hope, that doctors were being insensitive. Though legally the issue has been settled, doctors say it won’t be long before Jahi is gone for good.
According to Huffington Post,
The bodies of brain dead patients kept on ventilators gradually deteriorate, eventually causing blood pressure to plummet and the heart to stop, said Dr. Paul Vespa, director of neurocritical care at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has no role in McMath’s care. The process usually takes only days but can sometimes continue for months, medical experts say.
Jahi may be able to breathe and her heart may still be beating, but that’s about the only thing her body really can do, even with the help of sophisticated medical equipment. But her family would rather just wait. Her uncle, who has been involved in the numerous court cases and discussions with the hospital, said, “If her heart stops beating while she is on the respirator, we can accept that because it means she is done fighting.” But with Jahi’s brain hasn’t gotten blood in weeks, meaning it will begin to decay and eventually liquefy. Her other organs will begin to fail.
Jahi’s story gets sadder and sadder every day. Her family should be focusing on closure, not trying to keep her heart beating, keeping her alive in name only. Medical experts from all over agree there’s no hope for a miracle.