Terri Schiavo family joins fight for brain-dead teen Jahi McMath

By Michelle Kapusta,

The family of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged woman who died in 2005 after years in a vegetative state, has joined the fight for a teen girl on life support.

According to CNN, the Schiavos joined the battle over 13-year-old Jahi McMath, who has been declared dead by doctors.

Last month, McMath had a tonsillectomy, but after the routine operation her family said she started hemorrhaging and went into cardiac arrest. She was diagnosed as brain dead three days later, the New York Daily News notes.

McMath’s family has held out hope for the teen girl after doctors at the Children’s Hospital Oakland said she would never wake up.

The family would like to have her moved to a hospital in New York where they believe she can be helped, but the Children's hospital has refused their request.

"Together with our team of experts, Terri's Network believes Jahi's case is representative of a very deep problem within the U.S. healthcare system -- particularly those issues surrounding the deaths of patients within the confines of hospital corporations, which have a vested financial interest in discontinuing life," the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network said in a statement.

A judge has ruled that the hospital turn off the McMath’s ventilator on Jan. 7.


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