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December 30, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - As the clock ticks toward a 5 p.m. deadline for Children's Hospital Oakland to remove a 13-year-old girl deemed brain-dead from a ventilator, experts in medical and legal ethics say there are no “gray areas” in the case and it should never have gotten this far. Furthermore, they warn, if the family of Jahi McMath were to find a facility to accept her, the hospital would set a troubling precedent if physicians there were to surgically insert...
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December 23, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
An Alameda County judge Monday ordered a girl who became brain-dead after a tonsillectomy to be kept on a ventilator until Dec. 30. Judge Evelio Grillo extended a restraining order until next week and had appointed an independent physician to examine the girl, Jahi McMath , on Monday afternoon at the hospital. The physician is scheduled to deliver the results Tuesday morning in court, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The doctor, Paul Fisher , chief of neurology at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University , must determine whether he agrees that Jahi, 13, is brain-dead under state law.
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December 24, 2013 | By Jason Wells
An independent neurologist appointed by a n Alameda County judge  has affirmed that a 13-year-old Oakland girl is brain-dead after a  tonsillectomy on Dec. 9, paving the way for her to be removed from life support. The opinion by Paul Graham Fisher, a pediatric neuro-oncologist at Stanford School of Medicine, backs the assessments of two doctors at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland after  Jahi McMath had her tonsils removed, went into  cardiac arrest and  the flow of oxygen to her brain was cut off. She was declared brain-dead after three tests showed there was no "cerebral activity," according to court records.
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December 30, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Southland residents are barred from burning wood or manufactured logs in their fireplaces from midnight Monday to midnight Tuesday because of  elevated “fine particulate levels,” air quality regulators said. The no-burn alert does not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet, the Coachella Valley or the High Desert, according to a statement from the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Low-income households, homes that rely on wood as their sole source of heat and homes without natural gas service are also exempt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - After an eleventh-hour court order was issued that will keep 13-year-old Jahi McMath on a ventilator until Jan. 7, a hospital spokesman said the facility will work with the family to help transfer the girl to nursing care - if three conditions are met. Sam Singer, who was retained by Children's Hospital Oakland to address the wrenching case of the teenager, deemed brain-dead by six physicians, said the family must find an outside physician...
SCIENCE
January 14, 2014 | By Monte Morin
The husband of a brain-dead, pregnant woman filed papers in court Tuesday, accusing a Texas hospital of "cruel and obscene mutilation of a deceased body," and demanded that his wife be removed from a ventilator immediately.  Erick Munoz, who found his wife, Marlise, collapsed on their kitchen floor on Nov. 26, has accused John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth of misinterpreting a state law that prohibits hospitals from suspending "life sustaining...
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April 12, 2007 | Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber, Times Staff Writers
A man whose family agreed to donate his organs for transplant upon his death was wrongly declared brain-dead by two doctors at a Fresno hospital, records and interviews show. Only after the man's 26-year-old daughter and a nurse became suspicious was a third doctor, a neurosurgeon, brought in. He determined that John Foster, 47, was not brain-dead, a condition that would have cleared the way for his organs to be removed, records of the Feb. 21 incident show.
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August 19, 2012 | Steve Lopez
Back when my father's life was coming to an end at an excruciatingly slow pace, my brother and I vowed not to die like that, with so much compromise and indignity. But hanging on seems to be the norm in our culture, thanks to advances in medical technology and the widely held opinion that death is optional. Lots of folks seem convinced that even aging is avoidable - if you just keep getting more work done. Is it like that in other cultures? Last week, I chatted with several people who will speak next weekend at a Claremont Lincoln University bioethics conference, discussing cultural and spiritual traditions about dying, among many other topics.
NEWS
November 11, 1987 | DAVID FERRELL, Times Staff Writer
When doctors at Loma Linda University Medical Center implanted a new heart in the chest of newborn Baby Paul Holc last month, the operation was considered historic. Only hours after his birth by Caesarean section, Baby Paul became the youngest-ever heart transplant recipient--and is now listed in good condition. In the medical community, however, his age has attracted less attention than the source of the new heart.
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February 24, 2014 | By Jason Wells
The mother of the 13-year-old girl who became a   cause celebre  after being declared brain-dead at an Oakland hospital last year defended her decision to keep her daughter on a ventilator, saying the case has brought worldwide attention to her plight. Citing alleged death threats, Jahi McMath's family has declined to say where they transferred the teen's body after she was released by Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland to the county coroner. Jahi was declared brain-dead Dec. 12 after surgery three days earlier  at the hospital  to remove her tonsils, adenoids and uvula.
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