OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A judge has ordered that a 13-year-old Northern California girl declared brain dead after suffering complications following a tonsillectomy be taken off life support.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo issued the order Tuesday but gave Jahi McMath's family until Dec. 30 to file an appeal. She will stay on life support until then.
Grillo issued the order after a Stanford doctor testified that Jahi is brain dead. Dr. Paul Graham Fisher's evaluation was the second to reach that conclusion.
Children's Hospital of Oakland, where Jahi is hospitalized, has asked that the girl be taken off life support after doctors there also concluded she was brain dead. Her family wants to keep Jahi connected to a breathing machine.
The family has said it believes she is still alive and that the hospital should not remove her from the ventilator without its permission.