- 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
- 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:
- 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 -- The family of Jahi McMath spent the first day of the New Year continuing to desperately search for a doctor who would be willing to perform two surgeries that would allow the brain-dead teen to be transferred to a care facility in New York.
Jahi, who needs feeding and breathing tubes to be taken to New Beginnings Community Center in Medford, N.Y., has been on a ventilator at Children's Hospital Oakland since mid-December following serious complications from a tonsil surgery and two other procedures to remove throat and nasal tissue.
Jahi McMath, 13, is brain dead after complications post surgery. (Courtesy of the McMath Family) (Omari Sealey)
If Jahi can get to New Beginnings, the facility director said she would be cared for around the clock by licensed nursing staff and licensed respiratory therapists. The facility would also hire a pediatrician who would accept Jahi as his patient. An air ambulance company has stated that it would be willing to fly Jahi from Oakland to Long Island for roughly $31,910.
However, hospital spokesman Sam Singer said Wednesday that three separate courts have denied requests by Chris Dolan, the McMath family lawyer, to have someone implement the tracheotomy line to help Jahi breathe and a gastric tube to provide nutrition.
But Dolan said the courts have only said they would not order the hospital to perform the surgeries and that despite claims the family's efforts are in vain, there is still time for Jahi.
"This is no trick; this is life and death," Dolan said in a statement Wednesday. "Justice is no hoax, and constitutional rights are not a game."
The family has pleaded on Facebook and Twitter for help to find a physician willing to perform both surgeries for Jahi, but so far no one has stepped forward. Doctors at Children's Hospital have refused to perform either procedure, saying it is unethical to operate on a dead body.
Wednesday has remained fairly quiet for Jahi and her family, according to hospital spokeswoman Melinda Krigel, who said there have been no updates in the teen's case.
This is a far cry from Tuesday, when the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network said publicly for the first time that it has been helping Jahi's family for weeks to find a place to transfer her.
The news came the same day as an announcement from the California Department of Public Health, stating it would be opening an investigation into the hospital's handling of the teen after her surgeries and the ensuing complications that left her brain-dead.
Check back for updates.
Nailah Winkfield, mother of Jahi McMath,13, who has been declared brain dead after a routine tonsillectomy, talks to media with her husband Martin Winkfield, in front of Children's Hospital in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)
Staff writer Matthias Gafni contributed to this story. Follow Katie Nelson at Twitter.com/katienelson210.