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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...
April 15, 2007
Re "Close call in death ruling of potential organ donor," April 12 The article places undue emphasis on the patient being a "potential organ donor," as brain-death diagnoses and declarations are made entirely independent of decisions to be organ donors. Brain death was formalized to enable families, doctors and hospitals to cease the futile care of patients whose hearts and breathing would stop without mechanical support. This patient and family were fortunate that the organ recovery coordinator was a part of a team that identified the misdiagnosis before the attending physician acted on The Times' cited statement, "We're pulling the plug."
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 8, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
The attorney for the family of Jahi McMath, a brain-dead 13-year-old girl, says he has received death threats and harsh criticism over his work on the case. Christopher Dolan told the San Jose Mercury News that people have accused him of exploiting McMath and her family by fighting medical experts who say she is legally dead.  "If it was my daughter, I'd do everything I'm doing for this family," he told the paper. Jahi underwent surgery Dec. 9 to remove her tonsils, adenoids and uvula at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland.
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.
December 30, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A married couple from Garden Grove who investigators suspect died in a murder-suicide were identified Monday by Orange County coroner's officials. Thanh Vuong, 51, and Yvone Tran, 39, were found with gunshot wounds Thursday in their home in the 1500 block of Sail Avenue. Paramedics pronounced them dead at the scene. Police went to the house after receiving a 911 hang-up call from the home at 4:16 a.m. A male relative called the Garden Grove Police Department shortly after and said a family member may have shot his wife and then himself.
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