- 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 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 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
If Jahi McMath is in fact at a New Jersey hospital, as one TV news station reported this week, the 13-year-old Oakland girl would be in the "best destination" for a patient declared brain-dead, a medical expert said Thursday.
The move from the Golden State to the Garden State would be a logical one, according to Arthur Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics at New York University's School of Medicine. While California law allows for reasonable accommodations for brain-dead patients to be made -- usually giving time for family to arrive to say goodbye -- New Jersey goes a step further.
It is the only state in the U.S., Caplan said, with a law requiring hospitals to accommodate brain-dead patients who belong to a religion that does not accept the diagnosis as a final verdict for death.
This undated file photo provided by the McMath family and Omari Sealey shows Jahi McMath. (AP Photo/Courtesy of McMath Family and Omari Sealey, File)
And it appears Jahi's case could be the first to test the law, though it is not clear if it would satisfy it, he said.
"As far as I've been able to tell, no one knows if anyone has ever used it," said Caplan, who has followed Jahi's case and researched the 1991 law. "You'd probably have to show you belong to a church that doesn't accept brain death or a religious group. But all that said, New Jersey ... is the best destination."
Six months after Jahi was declared brain-dead, KPIX reported Wednesday that she is at St. Peter's Children's Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Successful court battles and crafty negotiating on the part of the family's attorney, Christopher Dolan, allowed the family to take the unusual step of moving Jahi out of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, where she had the original surgery to remove her tonsils and other tissue from her nose and mouth.
The teen left the hospital in an ambulance on Jan. 5, and her whereabouts were not made public until Wednesday. Dolan declined to confirm if Jahi is located there, as did a hospital spokesman. In a statement to this newspaper Wednesday evening, Dolan said Jahi's condition has improved since leaving Oakland.
"I have seen much more movement in Jahi, response to her mother's touch and voice and what appears to be movement in response to voice command," Dolan said. "But I am not a doctor and there may be explanations for this dramatic difference in her presentation."
Dolan said the family might ask for a fourth test to determine if she has brain activity. The first three -- including one by an independent physician -- found that Jahi had no brain function.
Wade Smith, director of the neuroscience intensive care unit at UCSF, said it possible for brain-dead patients to have muscle spasms, but not to respond to commands. Smith said he knows of no recorded cases of a brain-dead patient recovering brain function.
"If there is response to stimulation that is not reflexive and that was validated by a neurologist with expertise than I think it's a very important case to document and show the rest of the world," Smith said. "I would be very interested in seeing the results of that evaluation. Short of that, I would be skeptical that the claims are accurate."
David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.