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OAKLAND -- In hopes of having as normal a holiday celebration as possible, the entire family of Jahi McMath spent Christmas Day in the waiting room together at Children's Hospital Oakland.

About 15 family members had gathered by Wednesday afternoon, and a tree had been put together, said Omari Sealey, the uncle of 13-year-old Jahi, who suffered cardiac arrest and other complications after a Dec. 9 tonsil surgery that left her brain-dead. She has been on a ventilator since Dec. 12.

There were presents under the tree for Jahi and her siblings, and the family planned to carry on with some of its holiday traditions such as board games, dominoes and playing cards, Sealey said.

"We're trying to make it as normal as possible," he said.

Nailah Winkfield, center, arrives for a press conference organized by local clergy regarding her daughter, 13-year-old patient Jahi McMath, outside
Nailah Winkfield, center, arrives for a press conference organized by local clergy regarding her daughter, 13-year-old patient Jahi McMath, outside Children's Hospital Oakland on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 in Oakland, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

Christopher Dolan, the family's attorney visited Wednesday, saying the family played the game Taboo and sang Christmas carols to Jahi.

"It really was quite touching. They really are a lovely family," he said.

The family has received offers for assistance from around the country, including as far as New York, to move Jahi out of Children's Hospital and assist with her care, Dolan said.

However, the family would have to weigh how much it cost to travel with her and if the support will materialize, he said.

"A lot of them are regular folks with jobs that they have already taken close to a month off," Dolan said. "There's a lot for them to figure out."

Sealey said the family will wait until later in the week to discuss whether to appeal an Alameda County Superior Court judge's decision this week allowing Children's Hospital to remove Jahi from life support as soon as Monday.

Christopher Dolan, the family's attorney, said Wednesday that

Judge Evelio Grillo ruled that Jahi must be kept on the breathing machine until at least 5 p.m. Dec. 30. The verdict came after hearing testimony from two doctors, one an independent expert appointed by the judge on Monday and the other a 30-year veteran of the hospital. Both testified that the teen is brain-dead and that her body is alive only because of a ventilator hooked up to her since Dec. 12.

The family has continued to ask for prayers for Jahi. Local pastors and churchgoers from around the world have rallied around the family both in person and by offering support through social media.

Staff writers David DeBolt and Rick Hurd contributed to this story. Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.