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The case of Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old Oakland girl declared brain dead after complications from surgery, has drawn national attention and prompted a new debate about what constitutes life and death. After a pitched legal battle to keep her on a ventilator, her family took her out of the hospital on Sunday. Here are some key dates in the case:

-- Dec. 9, 2013: Jahi undergoes tonsil surgery and two other procedures to remove throat and nasal tissue to treat sleep apnea at Children's Hospital Oakland. She reportedly awakes from surgery but later suffers complications, goes into cardiac arrest and is placed on a ventilator.

-- Dec. 11: Doctors declare Jahi legally brain dead. Jahi's family asks the hospital to keep her on a ventilator, believing she will recover.

-- Dec. 16: Jahi's family asks doctors to perform an additional test on her brain's electrical activity to see if she has any chance of recovery.

-- Dec. 17: Jahi's family lawyer emails a cease-and-desist letter to the hospital, demanding that doctors "refrain from any actions or activities which would remove Jahi from life support" and asking them to move the girl to another facility.

-- Dec. 18: Jahi's family calls on people from around the world to pray for Jahi, saying her fate should be in the hands of God, not in the hands of doctors. Jahi's mother tells the media she's asked the hospital for her child's medical records but was denied because the records were "not final."

-- Dec. 20: Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo rules that officials at Children's Hospital Oakland must keep Jahi on a ventilator until a court-approved doctor can assess whether the teen has any chance of recovering.

-- Dec. 23: Grillo extends an order keeping Jahi on a ventilator through the evening of Dec. 30. A court-appointed pediatric neurologist, Dr. Paul Fisher of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, examines Jahi, looking for any signs of electrical activity or blood flow in the brain.

-- Dec. 24: Fisher testifies that Jahi meets all medical criteria for brain death. Grillo denies a petition to keep her on her ventilator past Dec. 30.

-- Dec. 26: Jahi's family says they have found a Bay Area facility willing to accept the girl for long-term care, but they refuse to identify the facility.

-- Dec. 27: Officials at Children's Hospital Oakland say they'll agree to release Jahi to long-term care but will not surgically insert a breathing or feeding tube, both of which are needed before she can be taken to a care home.

-- Dec. 29: Jahi's family announces that without the breathing and feeding tubes, they have been unable to secure a bed for the girl at a Bay Area facility or a second facility in Southern California. They say they are continuing to discuss the girl's case with a facility in New York state.

-- Dec. 30: Grillo extends his order keeping Jahi on a ventilator through Jan. 7, after the family says they plan to move her to the New York facility. A state appeals court also agrees to hear the family's case, issuing a temporary stay to block any changes in her care.

-- Dec. 31: The facility in upstate New York that may take Jahi for long-term care is revealed in court documents: The Medford, N.Y.-based New Beginnings Community Center, an outpatient facility founded by a former hair stylist after her father suffered a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident. The Terri Schiavo Foundation, named for the Florida woman whose persistent vegetative state provoked a fierce national debate over the rights of loved ones to make medical decisions, announces that it has been quietly aiding Jahi's family in finding a care facility.

-- Jan. 3, 2014: A negotiation supervised by Grillo and agreed to by both the family and the hospital allows Jahi's mother to remove her daughter from the hospital under certain conditions. The Alameda County Coroner issues but does not publicly release a death certificate for Jahi, marking Dec. 12 as the date of her death but listing no cause of death pending an autopsy.

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Jan. 5, 2014:

A team hired by Jahi McMath's family transfers her out of Children's Hospital Oakland and moves her to an unknown location.