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NEWS
February 19, 1988 | JANNY SCOTT and LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writers
The first anencephalic baby to be kept alive in the United States solely for the purpose of preserving his organs for donation has been declared brain-dead, clearing the way for his liver and perhaps heart to be transplanted into another infant. Officials at Loma Linda Medical Center described the baby's quiet death as vindication of the controversial procedure, saying they had succeeded in preserving the infant's organs without causing him pain or inordinately prolonging his life.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 1997 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Into every woman's life, a little brain death must fall. The symptoms: unlikable kids, insane pets, talking televisions, too many self-help books. And a tremendous desire to see "Six Women With Brain Death . . . or Expiring Minds Want to Know" over and over. "Brain Death," a sketch comedy and musical revue opening Friday at the Forum Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, has been known to strike such a chord with women that they see it multiple times. The first time, they bring their husband or boyfriend.
NEWS
December 19, 1987 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and ROBERT STEINBROOK, Times Staff Writers
Loma Linda University Medical Center on Friday released its long-awaited "protocol" on how it would use brain-dead babies as organ donors--conceding as it did so that the guidelines may be too ambiguous to work. The protocol provides medical, legal and ethical guidelines under which a baby born with a fatal defect called anencephaly could be sustained with a respirator so that its vital organs would not deteriorate and therefore could be donated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
NATIONAL
November 9, 2008 | David B. Caruso, Caruso is a writer for the Associated Press.
A Washington hospital has asked a judge for permission to stop treating a brain-dead 12-year-old cancer patient, even though his ultra-religious New York parents want to keep him on life support. Motl Brody of Brooklyn was pronounced dead this week after a half-year fight against a brain tumor, and doctors at Children's National Medical Center in Washington say the seventh-grader's brain has ceased functioning. But for the last few days, a machine has continued to inflate and deflate his lungs.
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.
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