- Jun 20:
- Jahi McMath: Experts say New Jersey 'best destination' for brain-dead patients
- Jun 18:
- Jahi McMath being kept at New Jersey hospital
- Jun 13:
- Jahi McMath: Brain-dead Oakland girl receives certificate from school
- Jun 12:
- Jahi McMath getting diploma for eighth grade, family says
- Jun 11:
- Jahi McMath: Family pushing school to grant brain-dead teen's diploma
- Mar 13:
- Jahi McMath: Family calls state report 'B.S.'; new medical record details emerge
- Jahi McMath: State releases report on Children's Hospital Oakland's handling of patients
- Feb 27:
- Jahi McMath's family to get award from Terri Schiavo foundation
- Feb 19:
- Jahi McMath: Complete text of letter from brain-dead girl's mother
- Jahi McMath 'much better,' her mother says
- Feb 1:
- Jahi McMath: Is it safe to have tonsil surgery at Children's Hospital Oakland?
- Jan 27:
- Jahi McMath video claims to show her feet and toes move
- Jan 25:
- Jahi McMath: five similar brain death legal cases
- Jahi McMath: Could her case change how California determines death?
- Jan 17:
- John Horgan: Don't be too quick to judge Jahi McMath's family
- John Horgan: Readers react to Jahi McMath commentary
- Jan 9:
- Jahi McMath: Medical experts say organ failure inevitable
- Jan 8:
- Jahi McMath: Girl given breathing, feeding tubes, attorney says
- Jan 7:
- Jahi McMath: Streetfighting lawyer takes heat, death threats for brain-dead Oakland girl's family
- Jan 6:
- Jahi McMath: Family says brain-dead teen's body may be too deteriorated to save
- Document: Medical analysis of Jahi McMath's deteriorating condition
- Jahi McMath: Brain-dead girl moved to undisclosed care facility
- Jan 5:
- Jahi McMath: Brain-dead teen's family moves her from Children's Hospital Oakland
- Jahi McMath: Timeline of events in case of brain-dead Oakland teen
- Jahi McMath: 13-year-old brain-dead Oakland girl moved by family from hospital
- Jan 3:
- Daniel Borenstein: Mischaracterizations of Jahi's condition ignites insane legal fight
- Jahi McMath: Mom can remove brain-dead daughter from hospital, judge rules
- Jan 2:
- Jahi McMath: Case heads to federal court Friday
- Jan 1:
- Jahi McMath family spends first day of 2014 searching for doctor to help get teen to New York facility
- Dec 31:
- Document: Hospital decries Jahi McMath family's wishes to keep her on ventilator
- Jahi McMath may be transferred to treatment center in New York
- Jahi McMath: Terri Schiavo group secretly leading transfer efforts
- Jahi McMath: Hospital fights in court to remove brain-dead girl from ventilator
- Dec 30:
- Jahi McMath: Judge's order keeping girl on ventilator reinvigorates family
- Jahi McMath: Judge extends order keeping girl on ventilator
- Dec 29:
- Jahi McMath: Statement of Children's Hospital Oakland
- Jahi McMath: Mom and lawyer say only remaining option for brain-dead girl is a New York care facility
- Dec 28:
- Jahi McMath: Family, attorney release letter addressing critics
- Jahi McMath: Family trying to raise money to get 13-year-old airlifted out of state
- Dec 27:
- Jahi McMath: Hospital open to transferring brain-dead teen but won't perform surgery required by admitting facilities
- Jahi McMath: Children's Hospital Oakland agrees to release brain-dead girl to long-term care
- Contra Costa Times editorial: No one recovers from being brain dead
- Dec 26:
- Jahi McMath: Family ready to move brain-dead girl to new facility; hospital may refuse surgery request
- Jahi McMath: 2 years ago, a girl wound up severely brain damaged following similar surgery
- Jahi McMath: Family says they'll move brain-dead girl to another Bay Area facility
- Dec 25:
- Jahi McMath: Family tries to have normal holiday celebration in hospital waiting room
- Dec 24:
- Lost in the divisive battle over Jahi McMath is a mother's undeniable love
- Jahi McMath: Judge denies petition to keep girl on ventilator past Dec. 30
- Dec 23:
- Jahi McMath: Judge extends order to keep brain-dead girl on ventilator
- Dec 22:
- Faith leaders call on prosecutors to investigate Jahi McMath case
- Oakland: Need for tonsillectomies in question
- Dec 21:
- Jahi, her mom and 13 days at Children's Hospital Oakland
- Jahi McMath: Medicine's ability to keep a heart beating complicates how death is perceived
- Oakland: Emotional letter from Jahi McMath's mom to keep daughter 'warm'
- Dec 20:
- Oakland: Judge grants restraining order keeping Jahi McMath on ventilator through Monday
- Family of Oakland girl on ventilator furious after meeting with hospital officials
- Dec 19:
- Family of girl left brain dead at Children's Hospital Oakland demands medical records
- Dec 18:
- Family of Oakland girl on life support after tonsil surgery calls for international prayer vigil
- Dec 16:
- Family furious, hospital investigating after tonsil surgery leaves girl brain-dead
- Oakland: Girl declared brain dead after tonsil surgery may be taken off life support Tuesday
- Dec 15:
- Oakland girl, 13, declared brain-dead after tonsil surgery
OAKLAND -- The family of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl who was declared brain-dead after complications from tonsil surgery, gathered with supporters Wednesday evening in the hope that prayers from around the world might foster a "medical miracle" and help bring their daughter home.
Hundreds of supporters gathered at Paradise Baptist Church in East Oakland to pray the girl would recover, but those at the baptist church were not alone. With Jahi's story gaining momentum on social media, supporters from around the globe pledged to join the family in spirit, using the hashtag #prayersforJahi on Twitter.
"A lot of people here don't know my daughter, and they came out to pray for her," said Jahi's mother, Nailah Winkfield. "I can't wait to get back to the hospital and tell her how many people are praying for her."
Omari Sealey, right, uncle of 13-year-old Jahi McMath, speaks to the media after the family held a prayer vigil for the girl at Paradise Baptist Church in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Jahi went into Children's Hospital Oakland to have her tonsils out and is now brain dead. The family had asked for a one-hour international prayer vigil tonight. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
Jahi entered Children's Hospital Oakland to have her tonsils removed on Dec. 9; doctors hoped the operation would help control her sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep.
The Rev. Leon McDaniels, of Paradise Baptist Church, noted that though the circumstances of the vigil were difficult, her family and supporters have not given up hope.
"We didn't come to eulogize Jahi," McDaniels said. "We came here to pray for her. and we have tremendous support.
"God already knows what we want. What we want is a medical miracle."
After the surgery, family members said Jahi appeared healthy and alert until later that night, when she began bleeding and went into cardiac arrest. She was pronounced brain-dead three days later after experiencing massive swelling in her brain.
Subsequent tests have shown no brain activity, but her mother and other family members have sought to keep the girl on life support.
The family's attorney, Christopher Dolan, delivered a cease-and-desist letter to hospital officials Tuesday, demanding the hospital keep her alive. Winkfield said hospital staff had been pressuring her into signing paperwork to have Jahi taken off life support and release her body to the Alameda County Coroner's office.
"We'd like to thank everyone across the nation who took this time to pray for Jahi," the girl's uncle, Omari Sealey, said at the vigil. "We feel rejuvenated, we feel recharged, and we are ready.
"We are praying for a medical miracle, but we are also praying for the hospital to have more compassion."
Hospital officials have repeatedly declined to discuss specifics of the case, saying that the family had denied them permission to do so. Federal and state medical privacy laws forbid the hospital from releasing information about a patient's condition or treatment without permission.
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Jahi McMath, 13, is brain dead after complications post surgery. (Courtesy of the McMath Family) (Omari Sealey)