Jahi McMath

Jahi Mcmath, the Oakland girl who was declared brain dead after having her tonsils removed, has passed away a family member confirms. Jahi died on June 22 after undergoing surgery in New Jersey.

Jahi was declared brain dead and on life support after undergoing a complex tonsillectomy and noasal surgery at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital on Dec. 9, 2013. While recovering from the surgery, Jahi complained of throat pain and her throat incision began to hemorrhage.

She was rushed back into surgery but she never regained consciousness after suffering irreversible brain damage from a lack of oxygen.

Doctors declared Jahi brain dead in December 2013 and the decision was made to remove Jahi from life support.

Jahi's mother, Nailah Winkfield, launched a media campaign to force the hospital to keep Jahi on life support, but the hospital administration took Winkfield to court, where a judge upheld the hospital's decision.

Winkfield was given custody of Jahi's body and she transferred Jahi to a facility on the East Coast that specializes in warehousing brain dead patients.

Winkfeild created a Jahi McMath Facebook path and she continued to hold onto hope that hr daughter would one day open her eyes.

"Jahi wasn't brain dead or any kind of dead," Winkfield said at the time. "She was a girl with a brain injury and she deserved to be cared for like any other child who had a brain injury."

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    what a tragedy all through. may her soul rest in peace. this wasn't supposed to happen to that innocent girl :(

  • SummerBaby

    Such a sad story. I’ve followed this from the beginning. RIP! ??

  • Renee26

    I remember that story now... So sad RIP Precious Babygirl ? Prayers to the family

  • Thingamajig

    RIP babygirl.

  • Rachel

    Rip I hope her mother gains peace. She never gave up hoping to see Jahi be an active child.

  • my view

    I hope the mom finds peace now

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    God is calling all his children Home. Removing them from this HELL called Earth!

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Did they sue the hospital?

  • Kita Williams

    I wonder if there was a patient safety reporting investigation that went along with this case. Most hospital deaths are due to failed systems, shortcuts, and not listening to valid patient complaints. I'm a patient safety rep and teach this to all newcomers to the medical facility I work in and there is a story very similar about a man who died after a routine tonsillectomy. I will definitely follow to see what comes of it after the fact. Condolences to the family and may she RIH

  • SummerBaby

    That hospital originally declared her dead back in 2013. I don’t know how things are going to play out from here.

  • MsNewNew

    I've followed this story since it happened. If I recall correctly there were account from people saying that the family was feeding her cheeseburgers and so on after her surgery, in which they were told not to do that and then she started bleeding. Of course I have no proof that it happened but that was being said from people in the hospital that were there with their own family members. I pray the family is finally able to move on from this. I feel this sweet girl left this world a long time ago, it was simply machines keeping her body semi functioning. RIP Jahi

  • MookieFly

    This is so sad that the smallest things like removing tonsils can result in a several year battle to keep your daughter alive. I hope the mother can find peace and Jahi can finally rest in the afterlife

  • SummerBaby

    The family originally fought the courts to allow her to stay on life support so they could move her to a different facility.

  • the guest

    Amen.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Now she can finally rest in peace.

    Her family should have let her go years ago, when the doctors told them the child was brain dead.

  • SummerBaby

    I remember hearing that too! I had completely forgot about them allegedly feeding her. ?

  • tintin

    she looks so beautiful but most importantly she looks at peace.

  • the guest

    There is no love in the world like unconditional mother’s love.

    RIP beautiful child Jahi McMath.

  • AmericanDream

    RIP baby girl

  • Kemi

    RIP young lady..

  • Alextra Ballard

    May peace be with this mom..she never gave up hope,when everybody else did.

  • Ni Ni

    My first time hearing this.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    not gonna read this (forgive me this one time, Sandra).... just gonna say RIP to this baby, and prayers to her fam.

    it's Friday, Sandra. can we have ONE day to escape the tragedies and just live our blog life with 'Rose' colored glasses, free flowing pink champagne, and some juicy, steamy, purely scandalous, drag-worthy, entertainment 'news' today (please!)?????

    (Smooches, and Love you like a play cousin!)
    *dons rose-colored glasses & big dumb smile and waits for new post*
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e86501847072dcba783eea0bbb2c002d3ed3d888581b08556155899f7897582f.gif

  • Renee26

    That's are hard decision to be made...her mother wasn't ready to let go...which must be common if there's a whole facility that holds these patients. 5 long years of hoping for ger baby to wake up

  • Renee26

    Where are the receipts??

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    God bless you for the work you do!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Jesus, I got about one paragraph in and had to stop reading.

    RIP to this baby. Now I really want to go home and get in the bed.

  • Nonya Bizness

    There was a father in the PICU with his son who said the family brought her a burger to eat and she ate that right before she started bleeding. The family also said (then never talked about again) that Jahi asked for a popsicle after surgery and was told No, it's too soon. They gave her the burger after being told she couldn't have a popsicle. The dad who was a witness to this posted it on more than one newspaper comment section, then he stopped because the case went to court and he would be called as a witness. The family said a LOT, then someone must have caught a clue because things they said that could be incriminating they never mentioned again.

  • Renee26

    Interesting...

  • Renee26

    Yeah... and I'd like to request a happy Friday morning WOOD post

  • Nonya Bizness

    Of course she did. That's why she kept her on Organ Support, because Ca caps Malpractice Claims at $200k if the patient dies, but if they live you can sue for damages for care for the pt. Jahi's uncle, the mom's brother posted"$200k is Chump Change". The judge said a jury would have to decide if Jahi is alive. The mom is now suing the hospital for Violating Jahi's civil rights and she's suing for wrongful death.She's also still petitioning to have Ca throw out the Death Certificate they issued in 2013.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    (careful what you ask for... you know Sandra not the best when it comes to picking wood, LOL!)

  • Toni Toni Toni

    AGREE. You gotta be more descriptive with your request. Preferable a MANLY MORNING WOOD post.

  • Nonya Bizness

    The mom Doctor Shopped. She saw a Dr before the Dr who did the surgery. That Dr refused to do surgery and told the mom Jahi needed to lose weight. Mom didn't want to do that so she got a second opinion. She admitted she got a second opinion. Second opinion agreed to do surgery, ie the "easy way", vs losing weight. She wasn't keeping her daughter alive. Her daughter died in 2013. She was issued a Death Certificate by the State of Ca. The only way the hospital would let the mom take the body was with a Death Certificate.

  • Ni Ni

    Smh

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    right, 'cause you know Sandra will grab the first thing that comes twirling out the closet, and be like 'here y'all go ladies!' https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b0b0011a523d0317118dccb102276d52cb528a26b416d19b92952820ec376360.gif

  • SweetTEE

    Yea thats a serious part of the story. That burger is what potentially started the rupture. She ate and laughed too soon.

  • Ni Ni

    Lmao

  • SweetTEE

    I also feel that added to moms reason to not let that baby go. She probably felt guilt.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    OMG, this is horrific, smh

  • SweetTEE

    I want to say that I agree, but I honestly can't say that I would give up on my child either. Doctors are wrong a lot of time. I do feel that she was suffering when her organs started deteriorating. I can't say that I would want to watch my child suffer. This was a hard case, smh.

  • Toni Toni Toni

    LOL @ Twirling outta the closet. yes, they usually are just that. LAWD..
    I wanna see some men who are brawny, strong and love women! :D

  • SweetTEE

    It's been said that she allowed her to eat a burger after being told it was too soon to eat. Then the girl and her sister were joking and laughing and it went downhill from there. It's online. "jahi burger"

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    then yall better be pacific.
    *sniggles*

  • Karen Brady

    I remember this story now. Tragic and I'm so sorry for all of them.

  • SweetTEE

    I just pray that baby is at peace.She has been silently suffering for years and I cant say who's to blame. I know that regardless of what the mother did after the surgery, she never gave up on her child and that alone is commendable.

  • Karen Brady

    On a lighter note was anyone listening to Rickey Smiley this morning when they called Heaven to check on Joe Jackson and they spoke with Maya Angelou, Dr. King, Prince..? They are some fools. They said Joe made it to Heaven and he was at check-in wearing some checkered pants. Michael had an attitude as usual and he was hiding up in a tree so they did a bird-whistle for him to come to the phone. Talk about cryin' in the car this morning.

  • MsNewNew

    THIS!!!! I was about to mention this. There were several people saying that the grandmother was trying to feed her a hamburger post op and then even suctioned her.

  • Karen Brady

    Oh I have to read about that part!

  • Karen Brady

    WTF!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • SpillyNillie

    Damn! I hate I missed it! I'm sure it was hilarious!

  • Karen Brady

    GIRL! I wish I could find it and post it. Said Michael built an underground tunnel in heaven and be hidin' everywhere. LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    lawd they ignant.... ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Karen Brady

    It was HILARIOUS!!!! And when they do that Maya voice.. sounds just like her all nasally and whatnot. They make me sick :-)

  • Karen Brady

    As all get out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Art

    Actually, it was her grandmother who gave it to her. And the surgery was way more serious than just a tonsillectomy. She was having a procedure to relieve her of sleep apnea brought on by obesity that involved her tonsils. Then her grandmother gives her a BIG MAC soon after surgery and causes her to choke. That's the real reason why she lost consciousness. Just a preventable tragic situation.

  • MookieFly

    I understand, but as a parent we only try to do what's "best" for children. Still sad and probably the reason why the mother pushed so hard was because she felt partially responsible

  • pecancandy

    Rest In Peace Beautiful!

  • Yardgirl

    My condolences to mom and family, they fought the good fight and stuck to their convictions. RIP sweet child.

  • TMW

    I really don’t know how to feel about this case. I have followed it through the years. I am glad Jahi is at rest, but I feel for her mom who fought so hard to keep her alive, even relocating to a different state. She was a dedicated mom, but what kind of “life” has Jahi really had the past few years? Breathing is not necessarily living, and in this case Jahi wasn’t even breathing on her own. Sometimes people make decisions in the best interest of themselves, and not necessarily the one being effected.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Rest Easy Baby. Prayers for her family and her mother, especially.

  • Ghost

    She held on as long as she could! God Bless her mother and family. She at rest now...????

  • Rainbowbelow
  • PhillyFacts

    Was granny a nurse wth folks be doing too much.... RIP to this baby this is tragic....

  • PhillyFacts

    Wow

  • thick1tyme
  • Hmmm~?

    This girl died years ago. Nothing but a corpse hooked up to a machine. Folks, brain death is irreversible. Once there is no confirmed brain activity, they gone. Please don't be like this lady and rack up untold sums of medical bills because of your faith. Ain't no amount of prayer gonna bring a dead person back to life.

  • Rico768

    I just met a parent of another 13 year old who's son recently died from having his tonsils removed. I thought this was a routine procedure?

  • Rico768

    Heard of that one lady who recently woke up after 20years?

    They said my father was brain dead after a heartattack and that me seeing him respond to me was just involuntary reflex
    But on God in heaven I would whisper in his ear to squeeze my hand once or twice for yes and no. He did it. I knew my dad was alive and he held on for another week.

  • Joy King

    I needed this. I just laughed so hard and loud!!

  • SumthinSweeter

    Lmboooooo.... What??? I'm gonna have to go and find this on YouTube.

  • SumthinSweeter

    ok. thx!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    (thanks!)

  • Shenanigans1

    I’ve heard it’s not routine but I have heard that if you’re a chronic sufferer of sore throats you should consider the procedure.

  • pure_rachet

    It should be. Me and my sis had our tonsils and adenoids removed and were running around the next day. I don't remember any pain except the needle for my IV

  • Shenanigans1

    What made you guys have it done if you don’t mind me asking.

  • pure_rachet

    we kept having throat problems. Snoring bad and tonsils infected often.

  • Shenanigans1

    Ah yes, I’ve heard that if you keep having sore throats you should have it done.

  • SG

    Seriously??? I never heard this part of the story.

  • SG

    SMH!

  • Quitedeliteful

    I'm still shocked that a tonsillectomy can result in death or brain damage!!!

  • Karen Brady

    Straight up clownin'! Thought I was going to have to pull over.

  • Karen Brady

    Boo.. so just imagine if you actually heard it!! I was through and it wasn't even 9AM yet!

  • Karen Brady

    OMG! You just made my day (AGAIN) THANK YOU!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    So sad but at least the mother knows that she did everything she could for her daughter. If she had let the hospital pull the plug this mother would probably never be at peace with herself.

  • Vonn

    The internet said that Joe got to heaven & put Michael to work...& that's how he's on Drake's new album.

  • Vonn

    ????

  • Karen Brady

    Rainbowbelow I don't know you so is it possible for me to be mad at you??

  • Waya Hedia

    It has happened numerous times. You can give up on yours if you wish but There is always hope.

  • Waya Hedia

    Terribly sad.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Bless the family.

  • 100milesperhour

    Yes, botched aftercare! Sleep apnea can be relieved w/weight loss. Guess that never crossed their minds since they fed her Mcdonalds in the damn hospital.

  • Karen Brady

    *HOLLERED* Vonn they said to Michael this morning that he should be getting some residuals from Drake's album. He was like 'yeah". Then they told Prince he ain't getting any cuz he ain't on the album. I swear don't get me laughing again cuz the tears don't stop.

  • Rainbowbelow

    Nope??

  • Vonn

    I'm going to listen to it when I get home. Folks don't have no chill.

  • Blak

    Let's be real...this little girl died in 2013 and has been "living" a poor quality of live, to satisfy her selfish parents who refuse to let go ever since.

  • more

    Your a heartless pile of shyt!

  • Kemi

    The mother lost a part of herself as well since 2013. Even though, her daughter was kept warm and functioning through artificial means for 5 years.

    My condolences to her loved ones! RIP ???

  • Shawty

    It hurts my heart to read this. She looks like she's sleeping so peacefully.

  • Soon2BWife

    This is sad for so many reasons. Her mother wouldn’t let go but if one is brain dead and they are being kept alive by a machine the Creator wants you to come on back home. Her mother was playing God in a sense. She did not allow her child to rest in peace. Nevertheless, I will not judge because I have never been in her shoes, I’m not a mother and will not even suppose to act like I would know what I’d do. Praying for that mother!

  • Soon2BWife

    Compassion is free and it feels good.

  • TheOwley

    I had a friend who went into a coma and eventually died after a 'simple appendectomy.' I learned then that no surgery is a simple / routine procedure. The anesthetic alone can trigger an allergic reaction that might kill someone. The word simple should be removed to describe the simplest procedure.

  • TheOwley

    On a risk scale of 0 to 10, no procedure stays at zero.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Very true... a 'simple procedure' can simply take your life!!!

  • Karen Brady

    THANK YOU!!! And you would be what??

  • Rayne

    That’s a beautiful sleeping girl. Rip sweet thing.

  • ImWoke

    Amen to your comment. My parents were in a similar situation with my brother. It’s definitely not an easy decision to make thinking that youre making the choice for your child to live or die. Rest in Paradise beautiful Angel.

  • Just this one time

    I have to say I agree with you that little girl died years ago. And i believe the facility that she was taken to may have done some harvesting or other sick stuff until they were done with her, then told her mother times up.
    But I really do feel so bad for her mother I know she is dealing with an emotional pain that I could never imagine.

  • kekeb

    So sad. Pray for her family.
    Life is so precious

  • T3

    Damn I didn't realize that much time has passed. Time surely does fly! RIP

  • imright

    5 years ??!!?! how selfish

  • Marlika

    Finally this little girls can Rest In Peace.

  • Jussjess25

    Agreeded

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    You're right, I agree. I think in this case the mom just wasn't mentally or emotionally prepared to let her child go. It was a simple procedure that went wrong. Probably one the child didn't have to have, which caused mom a lot of guilt, anguish, a feeling of lost power. I think if the child had cancer or a car accident, that would have made more sense to the mother. She kept thinking that it was just something simple and her child could wake up. She never accepted the truth. It was just too hard I think.

  • Kemi

    RIP sweet girl and condolences to all involved. I wonder if Lifetime etc are interested in making a biopic of this story (not trying to be insensitive, just inquisitive to know more about her story and journey for the past 5 years). There are a lot of conflicting stories online. It’s sad how her life ended.

  • Faux Gibbler

    How did she die? Couldn’t she just be put on a venalator still like she was already?

  • esh

    dont use the word selfish because half of us believe that even if the person is on life support they are at least still here with us. speak for yourself and if you never been in that situation stay quiet.

  • esh

    JESUS can do anyting.

  • facingrealit1

    What is NOT being said here is the TRUTH about what happened to Jahi after her surgery to remove her tonsils. FACT: She was supposed to be on a liquid diet but convinced her GRANDMOTHER to get her a hamburger because she was hungry. After eating the HAMBURGER (which was against doctors orders). This illegal meal caused her stitches to come loose and caused internal bleeding. - This is the PRIMARY reason the family fought so hard because they were complicit in her death but refused to accept that they provided her with solid food against doctors orders.

  • PROPHETMAJOR

    Definitely needed this because I never knew it was the families fault.

  • PROPHETMAJOR

    Ever surgery has risk and human error is everywhere.

  • NSYDEOUT

    Thank you for saying this. My father still suffers seriously because he signed the DNR for my brother and wished he had fought. People are so freaking self righteous and don't even know shyt until something happens to them. How can wanting and pushing for your child to live be selfish? If she didn't they would've said something else.

  • Moon Lee

    It's very expensive to keep a person alive on a ventilator. Insurance gets exhausted!Savings depleted. It takes a medical village. Sad but true. Rest in power ma.

  • Bee jaay Cee

    Your religious superstition is showing. So, even if Jesus can, and even if he exists....will he do it? If he can do anything, why didn't she get healed? Why did my mom, sister, aunts, and 2 brothers have to die? My nephew was brain dead. While my family was laughing and joking in the waiting room I was walking the halls praying. Then the doctor let about 20 young kids in his room to see him and I knew he wasn't going to make it. All of a sudden the other family members got serious and wanted to pray. I already had the answer plus I began asking the nurse questions like...how does shining a flashlight in his eyes tell you that there is no brain activity.

  • esh

    you are correct, yes my religiousity is showing, good. God has had a plan since the beginning of time and this is part of the plan, every thing we do is. but don't forget about that ole blak dog satan. sorry for your loss.

  • Reina1718

    Wow

  • Kimocha

    Damn! I thought they let this poor child go long time ago. May God rest her soul...

  • Kimocha

    Wow! That's so sad... no wonder they had such a hard time letting her go... having to deal with the fact that she died due to family negligence is a hard pill to swallow... I pray that they will be able to let go of the pain and the guilt and move on...

  • MissMaryMack410

    FACTS! That’s some real ish spoken

  • Ayrika Fancy Mure

    lies!!!!!

  • R in NYC

    Wonder why the national news media didn't even mention her death.
    Rip.

  • Vegas1989

    I just met a lady named Rachel last Friday who woke up from a coma for a long period of time. She had told me how long she was in a coma, but I was just looking in her eyes as she was praising God and that she was not in pain anymore. I will find out next time how long she was in her coma. You just never know.

  • Ricklaw

    5 years is too long, I know it's a hard decision to make but they should let her go home along time ago

  • Dawn McColm

    I hope that Jahi on some level knew how much she was loved. How much she was fought for. How much she was valued. God bless her family.