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Court Decides to Take 13 Year Old Who Has Been in Coma Since Tonsil Surgery Off Life Support

A judge ruled on Tuesday that a 13 year old California girl who went into the hospital for routine tonsil surgery but Jahi_McMathended up without any brain activity should be taken off life support.

Jahi McMath arrived at the Children’s Hospital of Oakland last Monday to have her tonsils and adenoids removed but due to complications, she fell into a coma.

The court case came about after the hospital filed court papers asking that the girl be taken off life support. Judge Evelio Grillo agreed with the hospital and the medical experts who agree that Jahi no longer has brain activity.

The family says they are unsure whether to appeal the verdict after Dr. Paul Graham Fisher of Stanford University testified that Jahi has no brain activity. They said that they are still “believing for a miracle.”

‘Prayers are more important than ever before,’ Omari Sealey, Jahi’s uncle, said Tuesday night.

‘Because the clock is ticking.’

Jahi’s grandmother, Sandra Jo Chatman, who is also a registered nurse,  says after surgery the teen began bleeding heavily from the mouth and nose. She says she called for assistance from the nurses but no one came until she began screaming.

“I was the last one to see Jahi,” said Chatman. “I said, ‘Somebody help my baby please!’ And they came in and starting working on her. The next thing I know, the doctor said, ‘Oh no, she doesn’t have a heart rate anymore.’”

Jahi’s family has until 5pm on December 30 to appeal the ruling.

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