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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Will Someone Please Suggest Some Serious Counseling For The Family Of 13-year-old Jahi McMath???


A very sad story and situation, I just can't imagine this going on much longer. This family needs to hear the voice of reason. The family of 13-year-old Jahi McMath who was declared brain dead following a tonsillectomy and other throat and nasal procedures has found a nursing home willing to care for the girl long-term, reports state. 


The mother and close family are justifiably overcome with grief which is understandable. However, I don't think it's right for the rest of us to overlook the facts and logic and spreading misinformation about this case. My heart goes out to this mother but, I can't help wonder just how this mother ended up with so much misinformation?

The family is now attempting to raise money to help pay for the cost of airlifting the 13-year-old from the Oakland hospital where she has been since Dec. 9 to one of two facilities that have offered to care for the teen indefinitely. (You can read it here)


From what I can understand this little girl was determined to be clinically brain dead following complications from a routine tonsillectomy at Children's Hospital in Oakland. Dr. Paul Fisher, chief of pediatric neurology at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, concurred that Jahi meets all the criteria of brain death. She's confirmed brain dead so there is no blood flow to her brain, no nutrients to the brain, and no healing of the brain.


After doing research I disagree wholeheartedly with the mother and others misinformation that as long as there is a heartbeat, there is life. That's not true especially if the heart beats are manufactured by a machine. (You can read about it here) Please don't get me wrong, no one can tell this mother what is right and wrong in her decision, that's not what I'm trying to do.


 But, as devout Christians we should not aid in nor prolong the suffering of others. The reality here is their daughter's brain is gone, and the heart that is still pumping, is a direct result of the machines pumping air into her lungs. The family (in my opinion only) is totally wrong to try and keep their daughter in the land of the living in order to not have to face the reality of death. I wish someone could get the mother to see this. 

1). UPDATE: A judge has extended a temporary restraining order in the case of 13-year-old Jahi McMath. The hospital is not permitted to disconnect the girl from life support until January 7. 


2). Update:
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  1. The only reason she looks alive is because of the ventilator. Once it's turned off, the breathing will stop...then the heart. I understand the family grieving, and wanting this girl to wake up, but it just isn't going to happen. Instead of letting the hospital disconnect her, give her death some meaning. Harvest the organs to help other children. This would be the best way for the family to remember their daughter. Out of a bad situation, they can live with the knowledge that part of her lives on in other children.

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  2. Great article! The family stated they have medical insurance The problem for them is that insurance only covers the living. Someone who has been declared legally deceased frees the insurance company.

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  3. Very, very rarely someone with minimal brain activity will recover. It's a one-in-millions chance.

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    1. This isn't "minimal brain activity." It's no brain activity. She's dead.

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    2. The young lady is dead!

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    3. Yes, her parents have been led to believe that there is hope where there is none. It is terrible, tragic story. I want to know who this lawyer is representing them and whether he is acting in their best interest (representing his clients to the best of his ability) or in his own (allowing them to be misled into thinking there is any hope while he grandstands for the courts and the public.)

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    4. I just pray that this mom has strong family support. Letting go is never easy. She will need the strength of the Lord, Biblically sound wise supporters and pure love to see her through. But Lord, if it is Your will for her to live, show the world what You have willed for her life. * Remembering that God's will may be for her to go as well.* -

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  4. No matter how "sick" the family is about all this, one thing seems to be the truth: The hospital is at fault for negligent post-op care that resulted in the girl's cardiac arrest (which led to brain death). The family reports that the staff did not take the post-op bleeding seriously and did nothing about it, despite the family's complaints that she kept bleeding profusedly through mouth & nose. Instead they just gave them bigger containers to collect all the blood. There was so much blood that Jahi was gagging on it and could not talk. And still, they did nothing till she had lost so much blood she went into cardiac arrest. Too late, damage done. They should have wheeled her straight into the OR when that blood began gushing out of her mouth. Come ON, you don't need a medical degree to know that's not normal and needs immediate attention. The nurses kept telling them, "That's normal." So the nurses could not anticipate it would lead to cardiac arrest?? Where did these nurses go to school?

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  5. I've been reading articles from other papers that are more complete. Based on what I've read, I do believe it is futile to move her. I never believed she would recover, but didn't feel the hospital, having caused the damage, had any right to dictate what was going to be done. Also, I felt that the family should be allowed to get their emotional bearings and then see that the girl wasn't going to recover. But if the while brain, including the brain stem, is dead as I read in another paper . . . There will be nothing but heartache, bedsores, loss of teeth due to staff not brushing properly, and pneumonia in the future. Better to let go than have the family and Jahi's body suffer.

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  6. I agree this is going to get ugly! Any time you invite a bunch of lawyer into something like this it can only get worse.

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  7. These facilities need to quit giving this family false hopes. As heart breaking as this is, it is time to 'let go and let 'a higher power' take over'..... Let her body rest in Peace

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    1. Man of God It appears that a court is going to have to intercede on little Jahi behalf since the family cannot come to terms with this reality and make the appropriate decisions for her care. I cannot believe that ANY facility is willing to get involved in this situation. Most major insurance co, considered this a "high dollar" case, a physician is the only one who can approve this type of long term care, It may happen that this will be approved but I don't honestly see it happening since several physicians have declared Jahi brain dead. She has no hope of recovery. I pray for her family but they must let it go.

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  8. It's indeed sad that she is brain dead, but what's the point of artificially keeping her body functioning?

    If they really want a hope of having her 'live again', then perhaps they should consider 'cryogenically freezing' some of her tissue for possible cloning in the future.

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    1. Roy Wilson, I have been following this tragedy since the beginning. My sympathies for her loss remain, but the family really needs to accept the tragic reality of this. I wish the family wasn't in denial.

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  9. I don't know about anyone else, but my health insurance certainly doesn't cover long term care such as this. Long term care insurance usually has a cut off time, 5 years, 10 years and is paid for under a separate policy. Are they going to rely on the insurance to make the decision for them down the road?

    Providing medical care to a dead body is STUPID. Take her off the breathing tube and see how long her heart beats. It won't. She is being kept artificially alive.

    I'm certain donations are pouring in to the family, or were. Long term care for seniors is around $5000 a month. I'm certain it will be more than that for this dead girl.

    I thought they were getting a second opinion. Lastly, who is paying for the cost for a medical transport of a dead body? Shipping home a body is expensive, can't imagine what a private medical transport would cost. It isn't like they put her in coach and prop her up, and put on the oxygen mask.

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  10. The young lady is dead. Wherever she is transferred, whatever they do, she is dead.

    I hate it for the parents, but they are now playing the lawyer-publicity game. It's time for burial and closure.

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  11. I don't know what I would do if I were in this family's shoes. But I do know that I would want to be 100,000,000% sure that I exhausted all options before I could consent to disconnecting them. And if that meant leaving them on life support while seeking multiple opinions, then I would not rule it out. However, I can't imagine how I would react to everyone telling me that my loved one is "dead" and pressuring me to pull the plug....what an overwhelmingly emotionally stressful situation to be in. I'm praying for this family!

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    1. Anonymous I'm not trying to be neither mean nor sarcastic but the mom should pull the plug, and let God's will be done. If a miracle is His will, little Jahi will live.

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    2. I know that you have nothing but empathy and compassion for this family and their struggle. I don't think you or anyone else here is being mean or sarcastic.. I'm just trying to imagine how I would react if I were in this family's situation. And knowing myself, I know that I probably would be doing the same thing that they're doing.

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  12. God's will be done. Isn't her spirit with Christ already?

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    1. I have confidence in the word of God that she is David! According to all information that has been put out by experts in the field of neuro medicine there's no brain wave at all she's legally dead.

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  13. This might be interesting reading:

    NBC News Update...

    Children’s Hospital Oakland continues to support the family of Jahi McMath in this time of grief and loss over her death. We continue to do so despite their lawyer’s criticizing the very hospital that all along has been working hard to be accommodating to this grieving family."

    We have been waiting since Friday 12/27--when we were first told by the family lawyer of a potential facility that might accept the body of Jahi--for a call from a physician to discuss with our medical staff what may be necessary to transfer the deceased. Our physicians have yet to receive a single call or message from the facility under consideration.

    The letter/email below was sent to Chris Dolan, the McMath family lawyer, at approximately noon today, Dec. 29, by Children’s Hospital Oakland’s attorney Douglas Straus:

    Chris,

    I learned from your statements to the media that the Southern California sub-acute facility will not accept Jahi McMath’s body because the physicians there do not want to treat a dead body. Children’s Hospital understands that this is a very difficult time for Jahi’s family. Children’s will continue to do what it can do to support the family. In that regard, Children’s position has been consistent:

    1. Children’s will be pleased to communicate directly with a physician at any facility that is considering accepting Jahi’s body to make sure Children’s understands the requirements set by that facility for accepting the body and to ensure that the facility understands the current condition of the dead body and what is being done to maintain it under Judge Grillo’s temporary restraining order. Of course, the family’s representatives can observe that communication.

    2. Children’s needs to be assured that there is a lawful transportation plan to any facility to which transfer is proposed.

    3. If the proposed facility is out-of-state, Children’s needs written assurances from the Coroner that their office will allow the transfer.

    To date, there has been no communication from any facility named by you regarding a transfer or requirements for transfer with any of the medical professionals at Children’s. The family has not identified any facility with which Children’s can have this dialogue. Nor have we been provided with a transportation plan or coroner authorization.

    As your email and your statements about the facility in the Los Angeles area acknowledge, discussion about performing medical procedures upon a dead body presents unusual and complicated questions. Until there is a definite commitment by a facility to accept Jahi’s body upon specified terms, I don’t think I can tackle those issues. Please let me know if the family is able to identify a facility.”

    Doug Straus

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  14. It is the HARDEST thing to do, to trust that sometimes it is HIS will for our children to be called home before us... But we HAVE to remember... To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. My only hope is believing that my baby girl is in His loving arms and I WILL see her AGAIN.

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