Girl declared brain dead remains on life support

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: 12/31/2013 11:34 am

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A 13-year-old girl declared brain dead after tonsil surgery remains on life support after a California judge gave her family at least another week to find a place to move her.

Doctors at Children's Hospital Oakland want to take Jahi McMath off the machines that are keeping her body functioning, saying she will never recover. Her family wants to continue life support, saying they have hope she will still pull through.

Jahi's mother, Nailah Winkfield, hailed the judge's decision to give them until Jan. 7 before allowing the hospital to withdraw life support as an answer to her prayers.

A hospital spokesman said it would comply with the judge's new order but would oppose any efforts by Jahi's family to convince a court that she is still alive.

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