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Experts Say "Time Is Limited" For 13 Y.O. Teen Who Went Brain Dead After Sleep Apnea Surgery

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This is so sad!

The family of Jahi McMath has successfully moved the 13-year-old girl from the Children's Hospital in Oakland to stop them from shutting down the teenager's life support, but experts believe that it will only be a matter of time before the young lady passes away.

Jahi was declared brain dead on December 20th, three days after she suffered cardiac accrest in the hospital's ICU unit, after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery.

They moved the young lady to an undisclosed location after a public fight with the original Children's Hospital, in which Jahi's uncle has said that the new facility shares the family's belief that the teenager is still alive.

However, at least one doctor believes that the fact there is no blood flow or electrical activity in Jahi's brain means that it is a foregone conclusion the child will eventually pass away on her own.

Dr. Paul Vespa said brain dead patients' bodies on life support will slowly deteriorate until the heart finally stops beating. It's hard to tell how long the process can take - it can be days or months.

He said:

"The bodies are really in an artificial state. It requires a great deal of manipulation in order to keep the circulation going. [They may look asleep but it's] an illusion based on advanced medical techniques."

The family has said that if Jahi's heart stops beating on its own, that is something they can and will accept.

But they fought to get her out of her original hospital because they could not accept someone else making that decision for her.

We're sending our thoughts and best wishes to this family during this extremely difficult time in their life.

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11 comments to “Experts Say "Time Is Limited" For 13 Y.O. Teen Who Went Brain Dead After Sleep Apnea Surgery”

  1. Casilla says – reply to this


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    It's a sad story, but her parents are in denial. The girl is dead, she has been for almost a month already. It will only be a matter of time before her body deteriorates too much and even the machines won't be able to keep up the illusion of her being alive.



  2. 2

    So sad. :( May this sweet angel rest in sweetest peace.



  3. 3

    This is ABUSE OF A CORPSE….

  4. overitalready says – reply to this


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    Death is sad period. It's time to let the child "corpse" go. She has a death certificate! If this is about religion, turn off the machines for a few minutes and see what happens. The heart isn't going to beat if the brain doesn't tell it to. What are the options now? There can be no organ transplants now and if the family attempts to sue the hospital…Good luck…The autopsy isn't going to shed any light on cause of death which pretty much clears the hospital and doctors. Cause of death will MOST likely be due the heart stopping or infection.



  5. 5

    Such a sad story,



  6. 6

    very sad story but who is paying for all of this denial? bet you money the taxpayers are. mama get through denial fas



  7. 7

    send mama a bill for 10,000 a day and she'll get through her denial faster. RIP its such a sad story. No one has EVER come back from brain dead. they are loving on a corpse.

  8. Themyscira says – reply to this


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    Re: chaz bonos cock – Wow, what kind of sick fucking asshole are you? You really need to put some kind of racial stereotype, slur here? You aren't being funny, the parents might be assholes, but we are talking about a dead little girl here how about at least a little respect!

  9. Themyscira says – reply to this


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    Re: shaygirl1309 – Shay, I was wondering the same thing. The insurance already said they will NOT pay for this because she is legally dead. I would HOPE the the government isn't paying for this. I know they had all kinds of donations pour in from ignorant people who don't know the difference between Brain Dead and Brain Trauma. It sickens me thinking that all the money they are wasting on this corpse could be better spent helping people who are alive.

  10. Judiette says – reply to this


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    LA Times has posted yesterday that according to her attorney the body while in process of moving has already started doing deterioration. This could only mean her body is going through post-mortem. There is no blood flow and no electrical currents going through her body. She is not maintaining any normal temp. If cessation happens in her brain, then having a machine pumping her heart is worthless. My only advice is to get their lawyer to sue the hospital. The nurses should have acted faster when they complained of blood loss.

  11. kitykatz says – reply to this


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    It wasn't sleep apnea surgery you fool! It was a routine tonsillectomy. The incompetence of doctors these days. My heart goes out to the family, but they should really let her go :(