Mother Of Brain Dead Teen Jahi McMath Says Hospital Isn’t Feeding Her And Refers To Her As “The Body”

January 2, 2014  |  

In an interview with Good Morning America, the mother of 13-year-old Jahi McMath, who has been declared brain dead after going into cardiac arrest post a tonsillectomy, says that the children’s hospital her daughter is in has been neglecting the teen. The Children’s Hospital & Research Center in Oakland has been fighting against Latasha Winkfield and her family since early December to have McMath pulled from life support because by being brain dead, in California, that’s considered legally dead. But the family says they’ve noticed that McMath reacts to her mother’s touch, and they want the hospital to give her a chance. They’ve managed to get a judge to extend the child’s life support until Jan. 7, but in the meantime, the family says the hospital has stopped feeding their daughter and refer to her as “the deceased” and “the body” when doctors come around.

“To watch my daughter just sit there and not have food … I’m just so happy that she is kind of a thick girl so she still looks good. I tell her every day, ‘Jahi, you losin’ weight girl, but you still look good.’ I just think it’s inhumane to not feed my child, to not refer to her by her name, and stop us in our tracks.

I hate it that they refer to her as just the body or the deceased; that is my child that they’re talking about.”

According to the New York Daily News, doctors at the hospital say that they can’t give McMath feeding tubes because it would be operating on a dead body, and as we all know, they’re fully committed to doing everything in their power to pull the child’s life support.

“Performing medical procedures on the body of a deceased human being is simply not something Children’s Hospital can do or ask its staff to assist in doing.”

According to ABC News, the family is seeking out another facility who will take McMath and provide her with treatment. They want to try every resource they can and are hoping for a miracle in the recovery of the teen. They’ve even started a fundraiser to have her airlifted to another facility, and it has already brought in more than $32,000 from supporters. So the fight continues.

I understand the point that the hospital is trying to make, but damn, where’s the compassion? Why aren’t they trying to work with the family at all? They’ve literally been trying to pull the young girl off life support for weeks and the way they speak of her at this point, it just seems like they don’t care. But despite what they say, the family plans to do everything they can to save McMath.


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