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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
January 16, 2014 | Meghan Daum
The case of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old Oakland girl who was declared brain dead Dec. 12 following complications from tonsil and sinus surgery, hasn't ended yet. Insisting Jahi was still alive and should remain on the ventilator that was keeping her heart beating, the girl's family fought Children's Hospital Oakland and was finally allowed by a judge to take her body into their custody. On Jan. 5, the body was moved to an undisclosed facility where, according to the family's attorney, Christopher Dolan, "her health is improving.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2013 | By Jason Wells
An Alameda County judge has ordered a pediatric neurologist from Stanford to evaluate an Oakland girl declared brain-dead after a tonsillectomy and to provide an independent assessment of her condition. Jahi McMath became brain-dead s oon after a routine procedure to remove her tonsils at  C hildren's Hospital & Research Center Oakland  on Dec. 9. After going into  cardiac arrest,  the flow of oxygen to her brain was cut off and a CT scan showed two-thirds of the girl's brain had swollen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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