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January 5, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The body of a 13-year-old girl declared brain dead after sleep apnea surgery was released from an Oakland hospital Sunday evening, hospital officials said. Jahi McMath's body was released by Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland to the Alameda County coroner, according to a statement from David Durand, the hospital's chief of pediatrics. The coroner, Durand said, released Jahi's body to her mother, Nailah Winkfield, “as per court order, for a destination unknown.” PHOTOS: The Jahi McMath case “Our hearts go out to the family as they grieve for this sad situation and we wish them closure and peace,” Durand said.
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January 4, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
After six days of receiving treatment for pneumonia, Barbara Bush - the wife of one president and the mother of another - was released from Houston Methodist Hospital on Saturday morning. "I cannot thank the doctors and nurses at Houston Methodist enough for making sure I got the best treatment and got back to George and our dogs as quickly as possible," Bush, 88, said in a statement. Barbara Bush, the wife of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, 89, was admitted to the hospital on New Year's Eve for a "respiratory-related issue," family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement Tuesday.
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January 3, 2014 | By Richard Winton, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
A Montebello hospital accused of dumping a homeless patient on skid row will pay a $250,000 fine and face new protocols rather than face civil and criminal charges, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office. Officials at the 224-bed Beverly Hospital in Montebello last year allegedly had the patient driven to skid row -- long a magnet for the region's most vulnerable citizens -- without any prearrangement with a shelter to take the patient in. The settlement, announced Friday, marks the first time in several years that a hospital has been caught dumping a patient without adequate medical care illegally on skid row. [Updated 9:40 a.m. PDT Jan. 3: The hospital agreed to pay $200,000 in civil penalties and $50,000 in legal fees.]
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January 2, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Former First Lady Barbara Bush remained hospitalized Thursday after being admitted  earlier this week for early signs of pneumonia. Bush, 88, was being treated at Methodist Hospital in Houston's Texas Medical Center for treatment of a respiratory-related issue, a family spokesman said. “She's still doing great, still in great spirits. We have not heard any plans for discharge just yet -- we're still in a wait-and-see mode,” spokesman Jim McGrath told The Times on Thursday.
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January 1, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Former First Lady Barbara Bush remained hospitalized in Houston on Wednesday, two days after she was admitted for a respiratory-related problem. Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday night that there was "nothing new to report" on the 88-year-old's condition at Houston's Texas Medical Center. Bush, the wife of 41st president George H.W. Bush, drew a New Year's message from President Obama.  "Michelle and I send our best wishes to Mrs. Bush for a speedy recovery," the president said in a statement.
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.
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December 31, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
PORTLAND, Ore. - New mothers will now be able to leave Oregon hospitals with two bundles of joy - one in a car seat, the other in a cooler. The first, of course, is the baby. The second, thanks to one of the more curious laws that went into effect with the new year, is the placenta. Many cultures have long revered the meaty organ, whose chief duty is to provide nourishment and oxygen to the fetus. Traditional Cambodian healers call the placenta "the globe of the origin of the soul" and believe it must be buried properly to protect the newborn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - A court order was extended late Monday that will keep a 13-year-old girl deemed brain-dead on a ventilator for another week, while the facility pledged to work with the family to transfer Jahi McMath elsewhere if certain conditions could be met. 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...
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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...
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December 26, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
The family of Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old Oakland girl declared brain-dead due to complications from a tonsillectomy, brought its Christmas celebrations to the waiting room of the hospital as the teenager remained on life support.   About 15 family members gathered at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland on Wednesday afternoon with a tree, presents and games to pass the time, a family member told multiple media outlets. The holiday came a day after an Alameda County judge declared Jahi McMath brain-dead.
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