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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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