The mother of a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead by doctors says she sees hope in the girl's involuntary movements. A judge and several doctors who examined Jahi McMath independently declared her brain dead on Dec. 12 after she lapsed into a coma following complex tonsillectomy procedures at Children's Hospital Oakland on Dec. 9.
She lingered on life support for a month until a judge granted her mother permission to transport the body to an unknown location.
In posts on Twtter.com and Instagram.com, Jahi's mother, Nailah Winkfield, said the body is doing much better physically since it left the hospital.
"Despite what people say about my daughter being dead and how I must be ignorant not to get that, I can tell you that she is much better physically since she has left Children's Hospital and I see changes that give me hope," Winkfield said in the social media posts.
Medical experts have said a ventilator won't work indefinitely for Jahi and caring for a patient whom three doctors have said is legally dead is likely to be challenging.
In her letter, Winkfield also expressed gratitude for the emotional and financial support she has received from people around the world.
"If I had it my way, I would say thank you to each and every person in their native language so they could understand how much I appreciate them for all their support and, most importantly, prayers," Winkfield wrote. Source
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