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January 13, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Medical ethicists are criticizing the unnamed facility that agreed to keep the body of 13-year-old Jahi McMath on a ventilator after transferring her from an Oakland hospital, saying it will only delay the inevitable while potentially causing long-term financial and emotional harm to her family. Jahi's case has been widely criticized by medical experts who have emphasized that people who are declared brain-dead are no longer alive. At least three neurologists confirmed Jahi was unable to breathe on her own, had no blood flow to her brain and had no sign of electrical activity three days after she  underwent surgery Dec. 9 to remove her tonsils, adenoids and uvula at Children's Hospital Oakland and went into cardiac arrest, causing extensive hemorrhaging in her brain.
January 6, 2014 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - The case of the brain-dead 13-year-old girl whose family was embroiled in a legal standoff with Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland seems to be nearing an end. After marathon negotiations with a federal magistrate, Jahi McMath's family members received approval to remove her body, while attached to a ventilator, from the hospital. On Sunday they quietly did so. The brain-dead girl was released first to the Alameda County coroner and then to the family, and is now the responsibility of her mother, who has moved her to an unnamed facility, the family attorney said Monday.
January 1, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The family of Jahi McMath this week has continued to clash with hospital officials over what to do with the brain-dead 13-year-old girl. The family has been trying to find a facility that will take Jahi in while at the same time fighting in court to keep her on a ventilator at Children's Hospital Oakland, where she was declared  brain dead  on Dec. 12 -- three days after a tonsillectomy surgery. Sam Singer, a public relations consultant retained by the hospital, said the family must find an outside physician willing to insert breathing and feeding tubes, a way to transport Jahi and a nursing care facility that is willing to accept "a deceased person.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
November 12, 2003 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
The premature declaration of death of a 20-month-old Fullerton girl presumed drowned last week was a horrific and avoidable error by emergency room doctors, experts say. "Clearly, medicine needs to get it right 100% of the time," said Dr. Susan Tolle, director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. "There's no reason for this to happen. There can't be an occasional error. There can be no errors, ever."
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