Jahi McMath is a Californian girl whose tonsillectomy turned out for the worse after her health took a downward turn soon after surgery. She had gone to hospital to have her tonsils taken out and have surgery for a sleep disorder. She was declared brain dead by doctors after her brain started swelling and she suffered a cardiac arrest. Her brain then ceased showing any signs of activity.
The new surgery saw her get feeing and breathing tubes. This came after her parents won a legal battle. She was moved to a new healthcare facility run by the Catholic Church. Her parents and attorney were not willing to share the whereabouts of the new facility after they received some threats from the public over their handling of the case.
Jahi, 13, was transferred to the undisclosed catholic facility from Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland just outside of San Francisco. Her brain had been inactive for close to four weeks by then. She is said to be doing well after the surgeries that were carried out on her there.
Her case attracted both local and international attention after her parents went to both state and federal courts seeking life support for her. International pro-life organizations stepped in too, to argue her case.
The San Francisco hospital was making plans to remove her from the ventilator but the family was against that. A restraining order that saw her remain on the ventilator was set to expire soon. The case has a lot of support with many preferring that Jahi be kept alive. An online fundraiser drive organized to raise funds for her transfer saw donations exceed the $20,000 required and went to over $55,000.