- 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
- 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 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 -- A day after spending Christmas together in a room at Children's Hospital Oakland, the family of Jahi McMath said Thursday that they are preparing to move the 13-year-old to another facility before Monday, the day doctors can legally turn off the girl's breathing machine.
"It looks like we may have found a miracle to keep Jahi alive," the girl's uncle, Omari Sealey, told reporters Thursday evening.
As their story has gained national attention, the family has received offers from care centers across the country and as far away at New York. Attorney Christopher Dolan said a group of Catholic doctors who reached out to the family had helped them identify one Bay Area facility that appears willing to provide long-term care for McMath, who was declared brain-dead after complications from tonsil surgery.
Martin Winkfield, Jahi's stepfather, Sandra Chatman, Jahiís grandmother, and Omari Sealey, Jahi's uncle sit in a hearing room where a court-appointed doctor presents his findings after examining Jami McMath, who is on life support at Children's Hospital Oakland. The hearing took place in Oakland, Calif. on Tuesday Dec. 24, 2013. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)
Dolan declined to name the facility.
"They told us there is a bed, they care for children like her all the time," Dolan said. "They believe they can provide her with care and support and treat her as if she's a living person."
Sealey said that the girl had been showing positive signs, with her blood pressure stabilizing, and that "(Thursday), she had more movement in her body. She's still showing signs of breathing on her own."
Before moving Jahi, the family is trying to determine if doctors at Children's Hospital will agree to place a feeding and breathing tube in the girl. While declining to go into specifics, Dolan said that the family's health insurance would cover the cost of her long-term care.
The projected cost at the unnamed facility will be "a hell of a lot less" than the cost of keeping Jahi at Children's Hospital, Dolan said.
"It is hard to believe (that the cost will be covered by insurance)," Dolan said in response to a reporter's question. "Somebody is doing the right thing. They have not put a time limit on this girl's life.
"She is covered and that's all that's important."Hospital officials could not be immediately reached Thursday evening. If the family is unable to immediately move Jahi, Dolan said they will appeal a court ruling that allows doctors at the facility to disconnect her from the ventilator on Monday at 5 p.m.
Dolan said Thursday evening that the hospital wants Jahi out of the hospital, and"we have a way. It just isn't they way they planned, which was in a body bag."
About 15 family members gathered to observe the holiday Wednesday with Jahi inside the room at Children's Hospital Oakland where she has been hooked to a breathing machine since Dec. 12, when she was declared brain-dead three days after complications developed during her recovery from surgery to correct sleep apnea and other health issues.
Presents for Jahi sat under a tree, and her relatives carried on with some of their holiday traditions, including board games, dominoes and playing cards.
"At least Christmas gave these folks a little breathing room," Dolan said. "The hospital was pushing, pushing, pushing from the word go, and these folks just never really had time to process it in a way that would be a normal way."
Hospital officials have not discussed specifics of the case in public, citing the family's right to medical privacy. The hospital's attorney, Doug Straus, said after Judge Evelio Grillo's ruling on Tuesday that the hospital would be interested in negotiating a time to remove Jahi from her ventilator and have intravenous fluids stopped before the Monday deadline.
The family has continued to ask for prayers for Jahi, and pastors and churchgoers from around the world have rallied around Jahi, both in person and through social media, and her uncle Omari Sealey has said that "prayers are more important than ever, because the clock is ticking."
Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.