Family of brain-dead Calif. girl weighs aid offers

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: 12/26/2013 3:53 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Relatives of a 13-year-old Northern California girl who was declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy are debating whether to accept offers from nursing homes and other groups that have proposed moving the child so she can be kept on life support.

The lawyer for Jahi McMath's family, Christopher Dolan, told the Oakland Tribune on Thursday that a religious group with a facility in New York is among the organizations that have offered to care for the girl.

Dolan says the family is also discussing if it should accept the opinions of doctors who say Jahi has no chance of recovering, or if it should appeal a judge's decision that will allow Children's Hospital Oakland to remove her from the ventilator that is keeping her body functioning.

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Break5 - 12/26/2013 6:01 PM
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My child was declared brain dead. We chose not to listen to doctors. He is severely disabled today but thriving. He took his very first step at 4 years old and can also clinic are saying yes and no with his head. Something doctors said was impossible. I think this family should do what they feel is best for the family. Just know it may be a long hard road ahead of them.
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