- Oct 3:
- Jahi McMath: Family breaks silence on brain-dead girl's condition
- Oct 2:
- Jahi McMath: Attorney shows video he says proves Oakland girl moves feet, hands at mother's commands
- 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:
- 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 19:
- Family of girl left brain dead at Children's Hospital Oakland demands medical records
- 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
OAKLAND -- Faith leaders on Sunday called on Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley to open an investigation into the case of an Oakland girl who was declared brain-dead days after tonsil surgery at Children's Hospital Oakland.
A group of church leaders joined the family of Jahi McMath outside the hospital to pray for the 13-year-old girl, press O'Malley to investigate the circumstances of the case, and call on the hospital to punish certain administrators whom the family believes have been insensitive during their grieving.
Meanwhile, Jahi, who was declared brain-dead Dec. 12, remained on a ventilator Sunday, as her family plans a march on Monday and heads back to court to continue fighting to keep the hospital from turning off the breathing machine.
The faith leaders read two letters addressed to O'Malley and hospital officials signed by the Rev. Gerald L. Agee of Leaders of Friendship Christian Church; the Rev. Harold Mayberry of First AME Oakland church; Bishop Keith L. Clark of Word Assembly A Family of Churches; the Rev. Cornell Wheeler of Last Day Revival; and the Rev. L.J. Jennings of Kingdom Builders.
"Is not Jahi worthy of the highest amount of medical treatment?" asked Brian K. Woodson Sr., pastor of Bay Area Christian Connection. "We say to this hospital, when you have done wrong as a hospital, you need to pause. This is not about profit margins, this is about people."
The ministers asked that the hospital either discipline its chief of pediatrics, Dr. David Durand, or require that he attend sensitivity training. The family has accused Durand of being insensitive during private meetings.
"As clergy, we're also concerned about allegations surrounding a hospital representative in a recent meeting with family members where the (hospital) representative allegedly shared, 'she is dead, dead, dead, dead,'" according to the statement. Family attorney Christopher Dolan has said, "and I am hoping the courts will say, 'no, no, no.'"
Jahi's case has garnered national attention and reignited a debate over the meaning of "brain-dead." On Friday, an Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled that the hospital has to keep Jahi on a ventilator until a court-approved doctor can assess whether the teen has a chance of recovery.
The temporary restraining order directs the hospital to keep Jahi on the ventilator and continue to give her intravenous fluids through Monday, when the doctor will perform a brain activity test on Jahi. A court hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Monday, the same time an hourlong march will begin outside Children's Hospital to support the family.
"I don't trust them at this point," Jahi's mother, Nailah Winkfield, said of the hospital. "I have faith that my daughter will wake up. When she does wake up, she is going to shake up everyone at this place."
O'Malley could not be immediately reached Sunday.
In a statement released Saturday, Durand said, "As medical professionals, it is our responsibility to ensure that we don't create hope where there is none. When one's brain ceases to function, it never restarts.
"We have the deepest sympathy for Jahi's mother who wishes her daughter was alive; but the only thing maintaining this child is a ventilator machine, and it would be unfair to give false hope that Jahi will come back to life."
David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.