Jahi McMath remains on life support at Children’s Hospital Oakland after doctors declared her brain dead following a supposedly routine tonsillectomy.
OAKLAND, Calif. – A California judge has ordered a second medical evaluation to determine whether a girl on life support following tonsil surgery is brain dead.
The order by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillio calls for 13-year-old Jahi McMath to be examined by Paul Graham Fisher, the chief of child neurology at Stanford University School of Medicine. The examination is expected to occur later on Monday.
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Nailah Winkfield, Jahi’s mother, is comforted by her husband Martin Winkfield and another family member as they wait for a hearing to start on Friday.
Doctors at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, where Jahi is on life support, have concluded she is brain dead. But Jahi’s family disputes that.
The family isn’t giving up on the 13-year-old Jahi, even though doctors say she is brain dead.
They also want a third evaluation by Paul Byrne, a pediatric professor at the University of Toledo.
Nailah Winkfield cries before a courtroom hearing earlier this month.
The judge is expected to take that request up at a hearing scheduled for Tuesday.
Jahi’s family says the girl bled profusely after a routine tonsillectomy and then went into cardiac arrest before being declared brain dead on Dec. 12.