Brain-Dead Teen Whose Mother Refuses to “Pull the Plug” Receives Honorary Diploma

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Jahi McMath to receive an honorary 8th grade diploma.

Jahi McMath

Reported by Nigel Boys

Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old girl who should be graduating from her eighth grade class, will be getting her diploma when her school presents it to a member of her family. She has been brain dead ever since she underwent surgery.

According to McMath’s uncle Omari Sealey, E.C. Reems Academy of Technology and Arts in Oakland, CA has affirmed that they will be giving McMath the graduation certificate she so richly deserves, even though she was declared legally brain dead in December 2013.

The tragic circumstances surrounding the teenager began when she went into UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, located in Oakland, in December 2013 to have surgery for sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes pauses in breathing while you sleep. She was also scheduled to have her tonsils removed.

However, after the operation, Jahi started to bleed copiously and suffered a cardiac arrest. All attempts to revive her failed, and she suffered brain swelling which led to her vegetative state.

The hospital said that they could no longer treat the teenager and therefore wanted to turn off her life support machine, but her family fought through the courts to keep McMath alive with the help of several pro-life groups.

After an exhaustive legal battle, where at least three pediatric neurologists declared that McMath was unable to breath on her own, the family won the case and she was removed from the hospital in January and taken to an undisclosed facility where she remains on life support.

McMath’s school graduation is scheduled for Friday and Sealey Tweeted that the school would give an “honorary 8th-grade diploma for Jahi to a family member.”

Although McMath’s exact condition has not been disclosed, her mother, Nailah Winkfield, said she was “sleeping peacefully.” She added that she refused to believe her daughter is brain-dead and she was just waiting with faith for her to recover.

However, Dr. Heidi Flori, a critical care physician at the UCSF hospital, said that her body will deteriorate no matter what measures any facility in the country tries to do for her.

Other experts seem to agree that although some brain-dead patients have been maintained on life support machines for months or sometimes, even years, once there is no more brain activity, there is no chance of recovery.