- Oct 3:
- Jahi McMath: Family breaks silence on brain-dead girl's condition
- Oct 2:
- Jahi McMath: Attorney shows video he says proves Oakland girl moves feet, hands at mother's commands
- Oct 1:
- Jahi McMath: Family seeks to have brain-death ruling overturned, girl declared alive
- Aug 17:
- Reports that Jahi McMath is coming home are false
- 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
- 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:
- 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 -- An Alameda County judge extended an order keeping Jahi McMath on a ventilator Monday afternoon, forcing officials at Children's Hospital Oakland to keep the brain-dead 13-year-old girl on breathing support until 5 p.m. on Jan. 7 as an emotional battle over the girl's fate continued.
Omari Sealey, Jahi's uncle, confirmed the extension of a temporary restraining order that would have expired at 5 p.m. Monday, allowing hospital officials to take her off the ventilator. Sealey also said the family was making a furious last-ditch effort to keep the 13-year-old Oakland girl alive long enough to arrange to have her flown to a facility in New York, which they say has agreed to accept her for long-term care.
Jahi McMath (Omari Sealey)
The order was extended by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo, who had put the first order in place one week ago. Late Monday, the family's attorney also filed a new complaint with the First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
Shortly before 5 p.m., a state appeals court also issued a 24-hour stay, declaring that Jahi must remain on the ventilator through 5 p.m. Tuesday, until the court can hear the family's case.
"The family has located a licensed facility in the state of New York which has agreed to take Jahi," Sealey said Monday afternoon. "We have contracted with an air ambulance willing to take her from door to door. We have a doctor here in California who will be with her throughout the transfer."
Sealey said that despite those arrangements, Children's Hospital will not "allow us to proceed in that manner."
Sealey said Jahi has been responsive to her mother's voice.
"Jahi is moving when her mother speaks," he said. "We have video; our attorneys have just produced it to the hospital's attorney. We have a pediatrician who has seen Jahi who has sworn that she is not dead. We are hopeful that one of these (legal) actions will forestall the hospital's rush to extinguish Jahi's chance at life."
A Los Angeles-area facility withdrew its offer over the weekend to accept the girl, who suffered cardiac arrest and was left brain-dead after a Dec. 9 three-part surgery to remove her tonsils and clear tissue from her nose and throat to treat sleep apnea. Her family said over the weekend that a New York facility was their only remaining option.
Hospital spokesman Sam Singer said doctors would comply with the court orders, but added that attorneys for the facility would file motions opposing the family's request "so this tragedy may have a conclusion."
Singer said that despite the family's claims about other facilities taking custody of Jahi, the hospital had not had any substantial conversations with any of those facilities. He said documentation that the family had given the hospital, spelling out plans for the girl's transfer, was "faulty."
On Monday afternoon, Jahi's grandmother, Sandra Chatman, told reporters that her granddaughter was responding to sounds and touch.
"I know we're going to have victory today," Chatman said. "She's moving her body. Her vital signs are good."
Dr. Paul Fisher, a court-appointed pediatric neurologist from Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, arrived at a different conclusion last week. On Monday, television station NBC 11 obtained and posted the "Treatment and Progress Record" Fisher submitted to Children's Hospital.
In handwritten notes, Fisher observed in Jahi, "electrocerebral silence," "no blood flow to brain," and "no response to pain in extremities ... or trunk." His conclusion: "Child meets all criteria for brain death."
Singer told reporters on Monday that in similar cases, brain-dead patients had experienced involuntary muscle movement known in the medical community as the "Lazarus reflex."
Doctors at Children's Hospital have refused to perform a tracheotomy for breathing and insert a gastric tube for feeding, procedures that are needed in order to transfer Jahi, saying it is unethical to perform surgery on a deceased person.
"Discussion about performing medical procedures upon a dead body presents unusual and complicated questions." hospital lawyer Doug Straus wrote in a letter to Dolan that was released Sunday afternoon.
Straus also wrote that the hospital needs to be presented with a "lawful transportation plan" and written approval from the coroner to send her body out of state.
A spokesman with the Alameda County Coroner's Office on Monday said the office had agreed to allow her body to be moved to another facility.
"If they can find a facility I will not be opposed to that," said Lt. Rick Bowers, who oversees the office.
Staff writers Erin Ivie, Mark Gomez and Thomas Peele contributed to this report.