Late in the afternoon on the West Coast, a California judge ruled that a 13-year-old girl named Jahi McMath be kept on life support at Children's Hospital Oakland. The case has come before a court there in the wake of a botched tonsil surgery that eventually sent the girl into cardiac arrest.
Earlier this month, McMath had her tonsils removed to help alleviate her sleep apnea, a condition that stops her from breathing in her sleep. According to reports, the surgery was thought to have been successful, but shortly after she awoke McMath went into cardiac arrest. Days later, doctors declared her brain dead.
As a result, the hospital is arguing that it should be able to remove McMath from its respirators. On the other side is her family, which is fighting to keep her alive by their definition of the word. A judge — who commissioned an examination from a Stanford neurological doctor — has agreed with the hospital that McMath will never again wake up, but he nonetheless pushed back the date to which the hospital must keep McMath alive. Children's Hospital Oakland was set to disconnect its machines at 5 p.m. PT today, but will now keep her alive until at least 5 p.m. on January 7.
McMath's family is raising money on GoFundMe in hope of transferring her to a facility that will allow them to keep her alive. According to her family, McMath was afraid of not waking up after her surgery.