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Hospital, family agree on transfer of brain-dead girl

5:19 PM, Jan 3, 2014   |    comments
This undated photo shows Jahi McMath. The girl has been declared brain-dead at a California hospital. (Photo: McMath family and Omari Sealey via AP)
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A California hospital has agreed to allow an outside medical team to move a brain-dead teenager to another facility, according to an agreement announced Friday in court.

Jahi McMatch, who was declared brain dead three days after Dec. 9 throat surgery at Children's Hospital Oakland, will remain on a ventilator and her mother will bear all responsibility during the move to the unnamed facility, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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Children's Hospital attorney Douglas Straus said the agreement also requires that the Alameda County coroner issue a death certificate.

The agreement was described in the courtroom of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo, who had previously set and extended deadlines for the hospital to remove 13-year-old Jahi from life support.

Grillo rejected the family's request to require Children's Hospital or an outside physician to insert feeding and tracheostomy tubes.

Her family believes Jahi is still alive, despite determinations by the hospital and a court-appointed neurologist that she is dead.

Jahi hemorrhaged and suffered cardiac arrest after the surgery to remove her tonsils and other tissue to improve her breathing and other health issues.

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