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Hospital won’t aid transfer of girl on ventilator

Published: Tue, December 31, 2013 @ 8:57 p.m.

Hospital won’t aid transfer of girl on ventilator

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A California hospital is unwilling to allow an outside doctor to fit a 13-year-old declared brain dead after tonsil surgery with the breathing and feeding tubes that would allow her to be safely transferred to another facility.

Lawyer Douglas Straus said today that Children’s Hospital Oakland would not permit the procedures on its premises because Jahi McMath is legally dead in the view of the doctors who have examined her.

But Straus reiterated in a letter to the lawyer representing McMath’s mother that the hospital would release the girl’s body as soon as her family provided a detailed plan about accomplishing the move.

Meanwhile, a state appeals court judge today refused to order the hospital to insert the tubes, saying the issue has to go first to a lower court judge.


1JS(588 comments)posted 7 months ago

That hospital is lucky that I am not dealing with them. Their actions after putting that girl in a coma over a botched tonsillectomy are unconscionable! The only thing that they understand is a lawsuit for a large sum.

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2LtMacGowan(634 comments)posted 7 months ago

If there was malpractice then they will be held accountable. They need to deal with the fact that she is dead. She s not waking up ever.

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3JS(588 comments)posted 7 months ago

It is cheaper for the hospital if the girl dies rather than pay for her care for months or even years. The old saying is that they like to bury their mistakes.

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