- 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 3:
- Data Center: Tonsillectomy hemorrhage rates by California hospital
- 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 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:
- 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 and the hospital seeking to have the brain-dead 13-year-old taken off a ventilator will meet in federal court for the first time Friday, possibly working toward an end to the ongoing battle over the girl's fate.
A federal magistrate ordered the settlement conference between the family and Children's Hospital Oakland for 11 a.m. Friday. The order comes as Jahi's family continues to search for a doctor that will perform medical procedures required to move her to another facility for long-term care.
The family says it has located a facility that will be take her, and has consent from the Alameda County Coroner's Office to move Jahi, but they are missing a key component: finding a doctor to perform a tracheotomy for breathing and to insert a gastric tube for feeding.
Jahi McMath, 13, is brain dead after complications post surgery. (Courtesy of the McMath Family) (Omari Sealey)
A doctor and lawyer on Thursday described the standoff as a "Catch-22." Because Jahi is brain dead -- the equivalent of the end of life in the medical field -- no doctors at Children's Hospital nor most around the country will perform the procedures. Outside doctors cannot operate inside the Oakland hospital, leaving the family with the option of moving her to a nearby facility for an emergency operation before she can be flown to New Beginnings Community Center on Long Island in New York, the facility that has agreed to accept Jahi.
But as it stood Thursday afternoon, no doctor has agreed to perform a tracheotomy for breathing and insert a gastric tube for feeding. Three separate courts have denied requests by the family attorney, Christopher Dolan, to order the hospital to perform the operations on Jahi. Another request was filed by Dolan in Alameda County Superior Court on Thursday.
Meanwhile, a temporary restraining order keeping Jahi on a ventilator is set to expire on Tuesday.
"They have until Tuesday for someone to blink, and it doesn't look like anyone is blinking," said Bruce Fagel, a licensed physician from Southern California who now works as a medical malpractice lawyer.
A Dec. 9 surgery to remove her tonsils and tissue from her nose and throat to treat sleep apnea was completed without incident, but she began bleeding profusely after the surgery. She went into cardiac arrest the same night and was pronounced brain dead on Dec. 12, with multiple doctors saying there is no blood flowing to her brain and no chance of recovery.
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) (Laura A. Oda)
Jahi's family, however, does not accept that diagnosis. A doctor the family brought in to observe Jahi has testified under oath that he believes she is alive, according to court documents.
Doctors and ethicists have said it is unheard of for a patient declared brain dead to be moved to a long-term facility. The same experts have said the hospital is following state law and that the hospital's position is what would be expected from other facilities.
"It's a pretty rare situation," Ryan Holmes, a bioethicist with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, told the Bay Area News Group last week. "In most cases, while it's a devastating diagnosis, people understand there's not anything that can be done when they determine the patient's brain is not functioning. But I understand why this family is hesitant to do that; they certainly have been put through a lot."
Lawyers for Children's Hospital have said the facility will allow a transfer of Jahi's body to another location if the family meets three requirements: naming the facility Jahi would be moved to, and providing the facility's terms and conditions; naming who will physically transfer Jahi and identifying the travel plans; and obtaining consent from the county coroner's office.
Hospital spokesman Sam Singer said Thursday the hospital has not heard from any facility.
"We have not received one single phone call," Singer said. "It's unfair and unethical to hold out hope in this case. It's perpetuating a tragic hope on the public that anything could be done. It's never happened before and it's not going to happen here."
Dolan did not respond to a message seeking comment.
Staff writer Matthias Gafni contributed to this report.