Jahi McMath (Omari Sealey) (Omari Sealey)
- 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 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:
- 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 -- Just two days after the attorney for the family of Jahi McMath said the 13-year-old girl may not "make it" because her body had deteriorated so badly, doctors have inserted a feeding tube and tracheotomy tubes, and her health is "improving," the lawyer said.
Family attorney Christopher Dolan called the procedure "a success."
"She is doing very well and getting the treatment she should have gotten 28 days ago," Dolan said in a text message. "Doctors are optimistic that her condition has stabilized and that her health is improving from when she was taken from Children's Hospital Oakland."
Jahi was declared brain dead Dec. 12, after she suffered cardiac arrest while she recovered from a Dec. 9 surgery to remove her tonsils and clear tissue from her nose and throat. Her family battled with hospital officials for several weeks, seeking to keep the girl on a ventilator and to have breathing and feeding tubes surgically inserted.
Doctors have said that a brain-dead patient who is not receiving nutrition may experience total organ failure within two to four weeks.
Still, the update Wednesday afternoon left more questions than answers.
The family refuses to say where the girl was taken or who performed the surgery to implant the tubes. She was moved from Children's Hospital around 8 p.m. Sunday and taken to an undisclosed facility, where she was checked in Monday morning.
An Alameda County Coroner's Office spokesman said Monday that he believed the girl had been taken out of state, but he did not know more. The coroner's office had issued a death certificate for the girl, citing Dec. 12 as the date of her death, but still must perform an autopsy to determine the cause of her death.
A Medford, N.Y., facility with ties to the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network had previously said it would accept her for long-term care, but it was not known Wednesday if she was there. Founder Allyson Scerri did not return a call for comment Wednesday.
The Oakland girl has been on a ventilator and receiving intravenous hydration since she was declared brain dead but was not receiving nutrition. Her family has held firmly to the hope that she would wake up -- through divine intervention or a medical miracle.
In a declaration filed in court Friday,¿ Heidi R. Flori, a critical care pediatrician at Children's Hospital Oakland said inserting a feeding tube would cause more harm to her already deteriorating body. What's more, multiple medical experts have said no medical tools or procedures can bring Jahi back to life.
On Monday, after Jahi had been removed from Children's Hospital but before she received the feeding tube, Dolan said, "Right now ... we don't know if she's going to make it." Jahi's body had "deteriorated so badly" that her heart may not continue beating, Dolan said.
Chris Dolan, the attorney for the family of 13-year-old Jahi McMath, answers questions at a press conference at Dolan's San Francisco offices, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. On Wednesday Jan. 8, Dolan told the media that doctors have inserted a feeding tube and tracheotomy tubes and her health is "improving." (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group) (
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