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Brain-dead girl moved from California hospital

Tonsillectomy Brain Dead GirlOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy has been taken out of Children's Hospital of Oakland, her family's attorney said late Sunday.

Jahi McMath left the hospital in a private ambulance shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday, Christopher Dolan told The Associated Press.

She was taken by a critical care team while attached to a ventilator but without a feeding tube, Dolan said. Her destination was not immediately disclosed.

"It was a very tense situation," said Dolan. "Everybody played by the rules."

David Durand, the hospital's Chief of Pediatrics, said the girl was released to the coroner. The coroner then released her into the custody of her mother, Nailah Winkfield, as per court order, Durand said in an email.

On Friday Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo said Jahi could be transferred under an agreement with Children's Hospital and the girl's mother will be held accountable for developments that could include Jahi going into cardiac arrest.

The Alameda County coroner's office issued a death certificate for the girl Friday but said the document is incomplete because no cause of death has been determined pending an autopsy.

"They may have issued one but we don't have it. We don't think she's dead," Dolan said. "We got all the necessary legal paperwork in order to get Jahi out of there."

A court injunction prohibiting Children's Hospital from removing the ventilator that has kept Jahi's heart pumping since her Dec. 9 surgery expires at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Dolan wouldn't specify where the girl was taken but he said "they are going to care for her, respect her and love her. And they're going to call her Jahi, not 'the body.'"

After spending weeks in a very public and tense fight with the hospital, Jahi's family does not plan to disclose any more about their plans for her continued care until she is resettled, her uncle, Omari Sealey, told reporters on Friday.

The hospital has argued since before Christmas that Jahi's brain death means she is legally dead and she should be disconnected from the ventilator. It also has refused to fit her with a feeding tube or a breathing tube that would help stabilize her during a move, saying it was unethical to perform medical procedures on a dead person.

Hospital spokesman Sam Singer said officials were not informed where the girl was being taken.

"We hope that the family finds peace in this very, very tragic story," he said.

Winkfield, refusing to believe her daughter is dead as long as her heart is beating, has gone to court to stop the machine from being disconnected. She has wanted to transfer Jahi to another facility and hoped to force Children's Hospital either to insert the tubes or to allow an outside doctor to do the procedures.

Grillo on Friday rejected the family's move to have the hospital insert the tubes, noting the girl could be moved with the ventilator and intravenous fluid lines she has now. He also refused to compel the hospital to permit an outside doctor perform the procedures on its premises.

Dolan said Friday the family has located an unaffiliated physician to put in the tubes and that an outpatient clinic in New York that treats people with traumatic brain injures has expressed willingness to care for Jahi.

Jahi went into cardiac arrest while recovering from surgery to remove her tonsils, adenoids and uvula along with bony structures from her nose and throat and palate tissue. Three doctors have declared the girl brain dead based on exams and tests showing no blood flow or electrical activity in either her cerebrum or the brain stem that controls breathing.

Multiple outside doctors and bioethicists observing the case have confirmed that a patient in that condition meets the legal criteria for death and has no chance of recovering.

The judge earlier this week ordered Children's Hospital to keep Jahi on the ventilator until Jan. 7 at 5 p.m. He said Friday that he would dissolve the injunction as soon as Winkfield assumes custody of her daughter's body.

Hospital spokesman Sam Singer said that if the girl is not transferred by the deadline, her family would have to seek an extension or the ventilator would be removed.
Jahi McMath Released From Calif. Hospital

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Phyllis January 06 2014 at 7:03 AM

My heart goes out to this family. I can't imagine how her mother feels. God bless this child. God will be done. Praying for her and her family.

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kitty1392 Phyllis January 06 2014 at 7:21 AM

Did you read that a three year old girl died after having four baby teeth removed under medication.
This cases cause me to not be so anxious to have surgery that doctors recommend unless its absolutely necessary.

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sninermama kitty1392 January 06 2014 at 8:58 AM

As for the 3 year old. That dentist should be shot. And I'm sorry but the Mother who claims to be a nurse is nuts. The girls was in to have one of 4 root canals. Who in the hell let's a dentist do a root canal on baby teeth. They are all nuts. Both at fault.

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mary webb robinson Phyllis January 06 2014 at 8:04 AM

Yes God Bless and wish You all the best AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jaye January 06 2014 at 8:26 AM

I am very sorry for this family. Words cannot express what they must be feeling. I can only imagine how difficult this experience is for her Mom and family. My prayers to the family is that they will soon recover from this experience and try to live peacefully. God bless you.

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MIKE HALL January 06 2014 at 7:55 AM

Can we all please take a break from banging each other here to ,keep this beautiful little girl in our hearts and in our prayers?

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Diane January 06 2014 at 8:09 AM

You need to get a death certificate from the Coroner to take her....does that not compute. And unfortunately you have just made the worse decision of your life and in time you will see why.

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Sue January 06 2014 at 7:23 AM

God Bless and comfort this family. My heart goes out to Jahi's family. I truly understand their turmoil. About 6 years ago my family and I were in a similar situation with my older sister. Her gallbladder ruptured spreading poison and deadly toxins throughout her body. She had less then a 5% chance of surviving oce the poison entered into her system. One by one my sisters internal organs started shutting down. She was in a coma and on life support. A decision had to be made to disconnect her off of life support. We didn't want her to suffer BUT we weren't sure if we were making the right choice to let her go. Ultimately her oldest daughter had to make that decision and it was an agonizing decision for my family. My sister didn't pass away until 5 hours after she was disconnected from life support. It was painful on my family and I to sit and watch her take her last breath five hours later. These decisions are not easy for all concerned. My prayers are with this family..

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stacy January 06 2014 at 8:46 AM

She needs to let her go!!!! I know I wouldn't want to live that way!!! Let her go!!!!!

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ggblank1603 stacy January 06 2014 at 8:57 AM

She's not living

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Thomas January 06 2014 at 7:20 AM

Has this child not been through enough. mom my heart goes out to you but you need to let go. What made her the sweet child she was is not there anymore she left to be with god. You are just causing yourself more pain hoping for something that is not going to happen. God bless you and your family.

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northy1969 Thomas January 06 2014 at 7:36 AM

its easy to say that when your not in that situation...what you say might be true but you can't say you'd do the opposite of what that family is doing if it were your kid.. or are you even a parent at all.. letting go and facing the hard facts is hard in cases like this...

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amy turner northy1969 January 06 2014 at 8:26 AM

Yes I would let my child be in peace. I could never put anyone thru years of suffering on a vent,tub feeding. As a nurse for twenty yrs exp. I wouldn't put my dog on a vent.

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Eileen January 06 2014 at 8:29 AM

Beautiful smile! Sending prayers for everyone involved in this incredibly tragic situation.

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mbabaziemmanuel January 06 2014 at 7:09 AM

Oh God, help this family in this trying time... amen.

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Loc1935 January 06 2014 at 8:56 AM

The child is dead. The mother may as well accept it. What does she hope to prove by moving her daughter from the hospital? No other doctor can reverse what has happened.

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