- Oct 1:
- Jahi McMath: Family seeks to have brain-death ruling overturned, girl declared alive
- Aug 17:
- Reports that Jahi McMath is coming home are false
- Jun 20:
- Jahi McMath: Experts say New Jersey 'best destination' for brain-dead patients
- Jun 18:
- Jahi McMath being kept at New Jersey hospital
- Jun 13:
- Jahi McMath: Brain-dead Oakland girl receives certificate from school
- Jun 12:
- Jahi McMath getting diploma for eighth grade, family says
- Jun 11:
- Jahi McMath: Family pushing school to grant brain-dead teen's diploma
- Mar 13:
- Jahi McMath: Family calls state report 'B.S.'; new medical record details emerge
- Jahi McMath: State releases report on Children's Hospital Oakland's handling of patients
- Feb 27:
- Jahi McMath's family to get award from Terri Schiavo foundation
- Feb 19:
- Jahi McMath: Complete text of letter from brain-dead girl's mother
- Jahi McMath 'much better,' her mother says
- Feb 1:
- Jahi McMath: Is it safe to have tonsil surgery at Children's Hospital Oakland?
- Jan 27:
- Jahi McMath video claims to show her feet and toes move
- Jan 25:
- Jahi McMath: five similar brain death legal cases
- Jahi McMath: Could her case change how California determines death?
- Jan 17:
- John Horgan: Don't be too quick to judge Jahi McMath's family
- John Horgan: Readers react to Jahi McMath commentary
- Jan 9:
- Jahi McMath: Medical experts say organ failure inevitable
- Jan 7:
- Jahi McMath: Streetfighting lawyer takes heat, death threats for brain-dead Oakland girl's family
- Jan 6:
- Jahi McMath: Family says brain-dead teen's body may be too deteriorated to save
- Document: Medical analysis of Jahi McMath's deteriorating condition
- Jahi McMath: Brain-dead girl moved to undisclosed care facility
- Jan 5:
- Jahi McMath: Brain-dead teen's family moves her from Children's Hospital Oakland
- Jahi McMath: Timeline of events in case of brain-dead Oakland teen
- Jahi McMath: 13-year-old brain-dead Oakland girl moved by family from hospital
- Jan 3:
- Jahi McMath: Mom can remove brain-dead daughter from hospital, judge rules
- Jan 2:
- Jahi McMath: Case heads to federal court Friday
- Jan 1:
- Jahi McMath family spends first day of 2014 searching for doctor to help get teen to New York facility
- Dec 31:
- Document: Hospital decries Jahi McMath family's wishes to keep her on ventilator
- Jahi McMath may be transferred to treatment center in New York
- Jahi McMath: Terri Schiavo group secretly leading transfer efforts
- Jahi McMath: Hospital fights in court to remove brain-dead girl from ventilator
- Dec 30:
- Jahi McMath: Judge's order keeping girl on ventilator reinvigorates family
- Jahi McMath: Judge extends order keeping girl on ventilator
- Dec 29:
- Jahi McMath: Statement of Children's Hospital Oakland
- Jahi McMath: Mom and lawyer say only remaining option for brain-dead girl is a New York care facility
- Dec 28:
- Jahi McMath: Family, attorney release letter addressing critics
- Jahi McMath: Family trying to raise money to get 13-year-old airlifted out of state
- Dec 27:
- Jahi McMath: Hospital open to transferring brain-dead teen but won't perform surgery required by admitting facilities
- Jahi McMath: Children's Hospital Oakland agrees to release brain-dead girl to long-term care
- Contra Costa Times editorial: No one recovers from being brain dead
- Dec 26:
- Jahi McMath: Family ready to move brain-dead girl to new facility; hospital may refuse surgery request
- Jahi McMath: Family says they'll move brain-dead girl to another Bay Area facility
- Dec 25:
- Jahi McMath: Family tries to have normal holiday celebration in hospital waiting room
- Dec 24:
- Lost in the divisive battle over Jahi McMath is a mother's undeniable love
- Jahi McMath: Judge denies petition to keep girl on ventilator past Dec. 30
- Dec 23:
- Jahi McMath: Judge extends order to keep brain-dead girl on ventilator
- Dec 22:
- Faith leaders call on prosecutors to investigate Jahi McMath case
- Oakland: Need for tonsillectomies in question
- Dec 21:
- Jahi, her mom and 13 days at Children's Hospital Oakland
- Jahi McMath: Medicine's ability to keep a heart beating complicates how death is perceived
- Oakland: Emotional letter from Jahi McMath's mom to keep daughter 'warm'
- Dec 20:
- Oakland: Judge grants restraining order keeping Jahi McMath on ventilator through Monday
- Family of Oakland girl on ventilator furious after meeting with hospital officials
- Dec 18:
- Jahi McMath prayer vigil: "God knows we want a miracle"
- Family of Oakland girl on life support after tonsil surgery calls for international prayer vigil
- Dec 16:
- Family furious, hospital investigating after tonsil surgery leaves girl brain-dead
- Oakland: Girl declared brain dead after tonsil surgery may be taken off life support Tuesday
- Oakland girl, 13, declared brain-dead after tonsil surgery
Jahi McMath remains on life support at Children's Hospital Oakland nearly a week after doctors declared her brain dead; she had tonsil surgery on Dec. 9 to help her with sleep apnea but began bleeding and experienced cardiac arrest later that night. Doctors declared her brain dead on Dec. 12.
Her family held a vigil Wednesday night, meeting with friends and supporters at a church in Oakland, while people from around the world pledged on social media to pray for Jahi.
Amid the contentiousness to be expected after a seemingly routine surgery ends in tragedy, her family has said that hospital officials have been insensitive to their grief, pressuring them to agree to have the girl taken off life support.
Nailah Winkfield, mother of 13-year-old Jahi McMath, pauses as she speaks to the media after the family held a prayer vigil for her daughter at Paradise Baptist Church in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Jahi went into Children's Hospital Oakland to have her tonsils out and is now brain dead. The family asked for a one-hour prayer vigil for the girl internationally from 6 to 7 p.m. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
Christopher Dolan, the family's attorney, said Wednesday that Jahi's mother, Nailah Winkfield, had asked the hospital for her child's records. A clerk initially agreed to give her the records, but a senior hospital staff member intervened, saying the records were "not final" and that "the doctors needed an opportunity to review their records to see if there were any 'errors' or any additional information that needed to be provided," Dolan said in an email Wednesday.
The family filed a formal request for the records Tuesday, but as of Wednesday, they had not been produced, Dolan said.
The hospital's chief of pediatrics, David Durand, said in an emailed statement that "Jahi's family has the same access to our medical records as the family of any patient at Children's. As a matter of policy, we do not release the entire medical record while the patient is in the hospital, since it is a document in continuous use. All families have the right to review the record while the patient is in the hospital, and have access to the entire record after the hospitalization has ended."
Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog condemned the withholding of the records Wednesday and called for California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley and California Medical Board President Sharon Levine to launch investigations into the girl's treatment.
"We need no further evidence than its refusal to share basic information with the family about their daughter's care to see that Children's Hospital can't impartially investigate its own possible negligence," said consumer advocate Carmen Balber.
Omari Sealey, right, uncle of 13-year-old Jahi McMath, speaks to the media after the family held a prayer vigil for the girl at Paradise Baptist Church in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Jahi went into Children's Hospital Oakland to have her tonsils out and is now brain dead. The family had asked for a one-hour international prayer vigil tonight. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) (RAY CHAVEZ)
Durand said in his statement that the hospital "promptly reported this matter to the California Department of Public Health, which is actively reviewing the matter in partnership with us." Durand further condemned what he called "unsubstantiated and inflammatory claims" from Consumer Watchdog, saying the group's statement was "replete with errors" that the hospital cannot address because of medical privacy laws.
Since taking on the case, Dolan said several lawyers have contacted him about their clients who "have suffered catastrophic outcomes at Children's Hospital Oakland and that they, too, ran into a brick wall when seeking to obtain medical records."
A statement on the Children's Hospital Oakland website says, "We can release your child's health information only when we receive proper written permission. You will need to submit written permission in the form of a release form or a letter to obtain private health information."
Most hospitals in the area say in policies posted online that they require a written consent form to be completed and signed before the hospital can release the documents. However, none mentions an altering of documentation or a delay due to an ongoing case.
Without the medical records to evaluate, Dolan said the family can't begin to evaluate if there was a doctor who was negligent. However, Dolan said, they believe "the care they received was unacceptable."
Jahi McMath, 13, who went in for a routine surgery to get her tonsils removed Monday, is now brain dead after complications post surgery. (Courtesy of the McMath Family) (Omari Sealey)
"They have complained that as Jahi was bleeding from her mouth and nose they were not given prompt assistance by a doctor and criticized the care she was given when she was directed to hold a cup under her mouth so she could bleed into it."
Death following a tonsillectomy is rare but the procedure itself has declined in popularity over the last 60 years.
The operation can end in death in amounts ranging from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 35,000, with morbidity rates -- meaning a patient who suffers diseases or illness related to the operation but survives -- ranging from 1.5 percent to 14 percent.
Complications following a tonsillectomy are usually the result of postoperative bleeding, though other common complications include pain, nausea and vomiting, according to studies by several doctors in the last 20 years.
Staff writer Katie Nelson contributed to this report. Follow Kristin J. Bender at Twitter.com/kjbender.