California girl on ventilator getting diploma

Jahi McMath, 13, had a tonsillectomy to correct a form of sleep apnea. After complications, "she is 100% brain damaged. Medically dead," her uncle says. (Omari Sealey)
Jahi McMath (Omari Sealey)
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Updated: 6/15 8:42 am

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The mother of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery has received an honorary diploma at her daughter's eighth grade graduation.

Jahi McMath was a student at E.C. Reems Academy of Technology and Arts in Oakland when she underwent tonsil surgery at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland in December. She went into cardiac arrest and was later declared brain-dead.

Her family went to court to prevent the hospital from taking her off a ventilator. Jahi was eventually released to them and moved to an undisclosed facility.

The school's principal, Lisa Blair, told KGO-TV that it was always her intention to honor Jahi, who was well loved by the school community.

Jahi's mother, Nailah Winkfield, told the station that she hopes her daughter will someday attend high school and college.


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