Facility found for California brain dead teen

By Amanda Stewart,

A nursing home has agreed to provide care for Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl who has been declared brain dead.

The Associated Press reports that a facility in Southern California has agreed to give the teen long-term care. Oakland Children’s Hospital would have pulled life support 5 p.m. on Monday if no appeal is filed.

"We found out that someone is willing to take Jahi away from Children's Hospital to a facility nearby here in the Bay Area to treat her," Jahi's uncle, Omari Sealey, told reporters on Thursday.

CNN reports that the family still has to find a physician willing to perform a surgery on Jahi.

David Durand, the Children’s Hospital Chief of Pediatrics, noted that the judge ruling in this case has not approved a transfer. Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo has ruled Jahi to be deceased and has not approved any surgical procedures, nor a transfer.

"Children's Hospital Oakland continues to extend its wishes for peace and closure to Jahi McMath's family," Durand said.

The family hope that Judge Grillo will give them more time Monday to find a physician to perform the surgery needed. Many facilities have backed out and if the nursing home that has agreed does that as well, the family’s options are slim.


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