Sunday, May 27, 2018

Schiavo group helps family of teen on ventilator

OAKLAND, Calif. — A foundation started by Terri Schiavo's family says it has been working with relatives of a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after tonsil surgery to get her transferred to a long-term care facility.

The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network says it has been working behind the scenes to help get Jahi McMath moved to a care facility.

Schiavo, who suffered brain damage after a heart attack, was at the center of a yearslong right-to-die struggle that ended in 2005 when her husband removed her feeding tube over objections from her parents.

Jahi underwent a tonsillectomy and related procedures at Children's Hospital Oakland on Dec. 9 to treat sleep apnea and was declared brain dead three days later after complications.

Jahi's family is encountering difficulty in obtaining two surgeries that she needs to undergo before she can be safely transferred to a long-term care facility.

A lawyer for Children's Hospital Oakland said that it is unwilling to allow an outside doctor to fit Jahi with the breathing and feeding tubes the family requested.

Jahi is legally dead in the view of doctors who have examined her, lawyer Douglas Straus wrote in a letter to the girl's family.

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