OAKLAND -- An Alameda County judge extended an order keeping Jahi McMath on a ventilator Monday afternoon, forcing officials at Children's Hospital Oakland to keep the brain-dead 13-year-old girl on breathing support until 5 p.m. on Jan. 7 as an emotional battle over the girl's fate continued.

Omari Sealey, Jahi's uncle, confirmed the extension of a temporary restraining order that would have expired at 5 p.m. Monday, allowing hospital officials to take her off the ventilator. Sealey also said the family was making a furious last-ditch effort to keep the 13-year-old Oakland girl alive long enough to arrange to have her flown to a facility in New York, which they say has agreed to accept her for long-term care.

The order was extended by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo, who had put the first order in place one week ago. Late Monday, the family's attorney also filed a new complaint with the First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Shortly before 5 p.m., a state appeals court also issued a 24-hour stay, declaring that Jahi must remain on the ventilator through 5 p.m. Tuesday, until the court can hear the family's case.

"The family has located a licensed facility in the state of New York which has agreed to take Jahi," Sealey said Monday afternoon. "We have contracted with an air ambulance willing to take her from door to door. We have a doctor here in California who will be with her throughout the transfer."

Sealey said that despite those arrangements, Children's Hospital will not "allow us to proceed in that manner."

Sealey said Jahi has been responsive to her mother's voice.

"Jahi is moving when her mother speaks," he said. "We have video; our attorneys have just produced it to the hospital's attorney. We have a pediatrician who has seen Jahi who has sworn that she is not dead. We are hopeful that one of these (legal) actions will forestall the hospital's rush to extinguish Jahi's chance at life."

Jahi McMath
Jahi McMath (Omari Sealey)

A Los Angeles-area facility withdrew its offer over the weekend to accept the girl, who suffered cardiac arrest and was left brain-dead after a Dec. 9 three-part surgery to remove her tonsils and clear tissue from her nose and throat to treat sleep apnea. Her family said over the weekend that a New York facility was their only remaining option.

Hospital spokesman Sam Singer said doctors would comply with the court orders, but added that attorneys for the facility would file motions opposing the family's request "so this tragedy may have a conclusion."

Singer said that despite the family's claims about other facilities taking custody of Jahi, the hospital had not had any substantial conversations with any of those facilities. He said documentation that the family had given the hospital, spelling out plans for the girl's transfer, was "faulty."

On Monday afternoon, Jahi's grandmother, Sandra Chatman, told reporters that her granddaughter was responding to sounds and touch.

"I know we're going to have victory today," Chatman said. "She's moving her body. Her vital signs are good."

Dr. Paul Fisher, a court-appointed pediatric neurologist from Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, arrived at a different conclusion last week. On Monday, television station NBC 11 obtained and posted the "Treatment and Progress Record" Fisher submitted to Children's Hospital.

In handwritten notes, Fisher observed in Jahi, "electrocerebral silence," "no blood flow to brain," and "no response to pain in extremities ... or trunk." His conclusion: "Child meets all criteria for brain death."

Singer told reporters on Monday that in similar cases, brain-dead patients had experienced involuntary muscle movement known in the medical community as the "Lazarus reflex."

Doctors at Children's Hospital have refused to perform a tracheotomy for breathing and insert a gastric tube for feeding, procedures that are needed in order to transfer Jahi, saying it is unethical to perform surgery on a deceased person.

"Discussion about performing medical procedures upon a dead body presents unusual and complicated questions." hospital lawyer Doug Straus wrote in a letter to Dolan that was released Sunday afternoon.

Straus also wrote that the hospital needs to be presented with a "lawful transportation plan" and written approval from the coroner to send her body out of state.

A spokesman with the Alameda County Coroner's Office on Monday said the office had agreed to allow her body to be moved to another facility.

"If they can find a facility I will not be opposed to that," said Lt. Rick Bowers, who oversees the office.

Staff writers Erin Ivie, Mark Gomez and Thomas Peele contributed to this report.