Omari Sealy, left, uncle of 13-year-old Jahi McMath, and family attorney Chris Dolan walk with an unidentified person to news conference outside Children's Hospital in Oakland, Calif., to announce that Sealy's niece will be moved to an undisclosed location in the Bay Area on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. McMath has been declared brain dead after she went into Children's Hospital to have her tonsils out. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
- 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
- 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:
- Jahi McMath prayer vigil: "God knows we want a miracle"
- 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 -- Reversing a stand officials had taken hours earlier, Children's Hospital Oakland agreed Friday to release a 13-year-old brain-dead girl whose family had asked she be moved to another facility.
The letter came one day after the family's attorney, Christopher Dolan, wrote hospital officials asking them to release Jahi McMath -- who doctors say was left brain-dead from complications after a Dec. 9 surgery to remove her tonsils and clear tissue from the nose and throat to help her breathe.
The girl's family on Thursday said the family had found a "greater Bay Area facility" that would give her long-term care. However, Children's Hospital officials said almost immediately that they would not give the girl a tracheotomy and surgically implant a feeding tube, conditions that the unnamed facility in the East Bay had insisted upon.
As a result of the uncertainty, the family was unable to hold onto the facility's last available bed, according to their attorney. On Friday, the family said that another facility, in North Hollywood, was prepared to take the girl in, though they would also require surgical preparations.
Dolan said that if the family could not arrange to have the girl transported to that facility before a judge's deadline of 5 p.m. Monday, he would head back to the courts, asking Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo to extend his temporary restraining order. Dolan also said he would seek a federal injunction prevent the hospital from taking the girl off the ventilator.
"Children's Hospital will of course continue to do everything legally and ethically permissible to support the family of Jahi McMath," Straus wrote. "In that regard, Children's will allow a lawful transfer of Jahi's body in its current state to another location if the family can arrange such a transfer and Children's can legally do so.
"Children's is willing to cooperate in this regard even though Judge Grillo has confirmed that Jahi is deceased and that statutory patient transfer procedures do not apply here."
The two-page letter goes on to list conditions for the transfer, including that they identify the facility they plan to move her to. It also request the family identify its transportation plan from the hospital to the care facility.
"Time is obviously of the essence given the Court's December 30 deadline," the letter continues. "Since you are telling the media that the transfer is all set, you should be able to provide these details in a matter of a few minutes. If these details are provided and confirmed, Children's looks forward to immediately cooperating in further discussion of the transfer process for Jahi's body."
Dolan expressed surprise at the hospital's willingness to facilitate a transfer.
"This seems to be a complete about-face from yesterday when (hospital officials said) that they would not provide any type of support, treatment, or assistance in moving Jahi," Dolan said via text message.
Jahi's uncle, Omari Sealey, said Thursday evening that in order to move her, doctors would have to give her a tracheotomy so she could have a permanent breathing tube, and give her a gastric tube to provide nutrition.
Within minutes of his statement, however, Children's Hospital officials had released a statement saying that they did not feel that performing surgery on the body of a girl who had been found to be brain-dead was "appropriate." The hospital cited a ruling from Grillo, who found that the girl was brain-dead but ordered that the hospital keep her on a ventilator through Monday evening.
"Judge Grillo was very clear," Chief of Pediatrics David Durand said in the statement. "He ruled Jahi McMath to be deceased."
Hospital officials have not discussed specifics of the case in public, citing the family's right to medical privacy. Straus said after Grillo's ruling on Tuesday that the hospital would be interested in negotiating a time to remove Jahi from her ventilator and have intravenous fluids stopped before the Monday deadline.
The family has continued to ask for prayers for Jahi, and pastors and churchgoers from around the world have rallied around Jahi, both in person and through social media, and her uncle has said that "prayers are more important than ever, because the clock is ticking."
Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.