Judge Gives Reprieve To Family Of California Brain-Dead Girl

By: CBS News (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: CBS News (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
The family of Jahi McMath has been fighting to find a health care facility that will accept their daughter, who was declared brain dead following a tonsillectomy.

This undated photo provided by the McMath family and Omari Sealey shows Jahi McMath, who faces a Monday afternoon deadline to remain on life support after doctors declared her brain dead, following a tonsillectomy. AP Photo/Courtesy of McMath Family and Omari Seale

OAKLAND, Calif. (CBS) -- A judge has issued a temporary restraining order extending life support for a California girl declared brain dead.

The family of Jahi McMath has been fighting to find a health care facility that will accept their daughter, after two medical evaluations found she was brain dead.

A previous order from Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo's current order would have allowed Children's Hospital of Oakland to remove Jahi McMath from a ventilator Monday Dec. 30, at 5 p.m. P.T.

Judge Grillo sided with the hospital after hearing from two doctors, and has given the eighth grader’s family until this afternoon to appeal.

The family had been pinning its hopes on a New York facility to care for the child after two California care homes withdrew offers to accept her.

Jahi underwent a tonsillectomy at the hospital on Dec. 9 to treat sleep apnea. After she awoke from the operation, her family said, she started bleeding heavily and went into cardiac arrest. Doctors declared her brain dead on Dec. 12 and wanted to remove her from life support.

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