Brain Dead Girl Jahi McMath Released from Hospital

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After court battles and outcry from her parents, 13-year-old Jahi McMath has been released from the hospital into her mother’s care per a court order, reports CNN. Jahi left Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland hospital with a ventilator and a critical care team but her feeding tube was removed.

Though doctors declared the girl dead almost four weeks ago after complications from a routine tonsil surgery, mom Latasha Winkfield has insisted her daughter can still come back. During these weeks, Jahi’s brain hasn’t gotten fresh blood. Though the family’s lawyer has felt it best to keep the girl’s destination confidential, New Beginnings Community Center in Medford, New York has said they may take Jahi. “At this time we’re named as the potential facility that Jahi and her family will be coming to, but we will know more details in a couple of hours,” the center’s spokeswoman said. New Beginnings is a medical facility for patients who’ve had traumatic brain injuries.

All this medical care is costing a lot of money, but people–strangers–interested in the case have more than stepped up. A crowdfunding campaign has already raised $48,000 for Jahi’s care. Still, the hospital that’s taken care of Jahi has said there’s nothing that can be done and has wanted to take her off life support for weeks. Winkfield says she hates that the doctors and hospital administrators refer to her daughter as the body.

Should Jahi’s family fight for her to keep getting medical care? What do you think you’d do in the same situation?

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