Judge: Calif. Teen Can Be Taken Off Life Support

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By: Staff Email

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The uncle of a 13-year-old Northern California girl declared brain dead by a judge today says he's hoping for a Christmas Eve miracle.

Jahi (juh-HY) McMath's family says she bled profusely and went into cardiac arrest following a tonsillectomy. They've been fighting to prevent Children's Hospital in Oakland from taking her off life support.

The judge sided with the hospital today after hearing from two doctors, but has given the teen's family until 5 p.m. Dec. 30 to file an appeal. She will stay on life support until then.

The doctors testified today that the teen couldn't breathe on her own when the ventilator was briefly removed during tests. Judge Evelio Grillo (eh-VEH'-lee-oh GREE'-yoh) expressed his sympathy but said that he was powerless to order the hospital to keep Jahi on life support.

The girl's uncle says he and the family would discuss and decide whether to appeal or to allow the hospital to remove the Jahi from the ventilator.


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