I first noticed this story because I have a daughter close to Jahi's age, and was shocked that a routine surgery could be botched so badly and the hospital handle the aftermath so insensitively. In short: sorry lady, we killed your kid, we're yanking the plug, now sign here and stand back.

If you're not familiar with the details: three weeks ago, 13-year-old Jahi McMath went into an Oakland hospital for tonsil surgery. Afterward, she was talking with her family in the recovery room when she started spitting up blood. Jahi ended up connected to a ventilator and was declared brain-dead. (This was later confirmed by several physicians, including a court-appointed Stanford neurologist.)

The hospital lawyered up and never offered a clear explanation of what went wrong. The California Department of Public Health is investigating the hospital's treatment of Jahi. Meanwhile, the legal battle to disconnect Jahi from the ventilator rages on. A court declared Jahi to be brain-dead and imposed (and extended) a deadline for disconnecting her.

Jahi's mother, Nailah Winkfield, is hoping for a miracle. She understands Jahi's brain has been irreversibly destroyed. She believes that with faith and prayer, God "will spark her brain awake." She's trying to get Jahi moved to a nursing home while she waits. She may have succeeded and is getting help from the organization started by the family of Terri Schiavo.

What an absolutely horrific situation, especially for young Jahi. But also for Nailah Winkfield, who obviously loves her daughter too much to let her go, and is clinging tightly to the false hope of religion and what is essentially Jahi's corpse, trapped in a living death.

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Maybe I am cold hearted...
My cousin was pronounced DOA after a three wheeler accident. He was on life supports while his parents were consoled by a pastor in preparation to sign paperwork to donate his organs. He was 14. The monitors picked up a single brain wave during that ill-fated delay. Long story short, after six months in a coma and extensive physical rehab he made a remarkable recovery, physically. Oh, you can tell from looking at his disfigured head, that it has been bashed in and he walks with a limp. But his body is pretty normal. Unfortunately, his brain is not. He gained enough function to be 'not disabled enough' for institutionalizing. Unless you count jail. He has been in and out of jail many many times for violent crimes. Bottom line-death would have been merciful - for him, his mother, and his victims.

Maybe he would have been a degenerate anyway... Who knows?

@Sheri S

Another interesting, but sad case.  Maybe a doctor would be able to tell you with a fair degree of accuracy if this person ever would have been able to function well in society if it hadn't been for the accident, the answer wouldn't change much.

I wouldn't know enough about this situation to make a call on what should happen with this person, and I would certainly be under qualified to do so.  However, I think anyone would agree  that someone in this position clearly needs help, jail may be necessary depending on the severity of the offences, but isn't really the kind of help needed.  I think most mental health professional would agree that in cases of the mentally ill in the legal system, if jail can be avoided a treatment facility would be much more favourable for reducing chances of repeat offences or escalation of the mental issues.

I wouldn't like to put a value on someone life, But under extreme circumstances, I will happily put a value on someone's freedom.  If someone is endangering other people, they should probably have their freedoms restricted, perhaps be institutionalised until such times as they can move to some kind of supported living.  Some people will always need help in life, including keeping on the correct side of the law.  But many of these people really can do so if they get the help they need. 

This is a sad story.  you would really wonder how did she die in a routine tonsil surgery?  I hope the mother gets the answers she deserves

This girls mother clearly needs counselling to help her deal with this, She may never fully come to terms with it, but at some point she will have to come to the realisation that her little girl has died.

I have no Idea what the mother would be going through, but I could never blame here for wanting to believe that her daughter may wake up.  I am not religious, but if I was in her position, I may still hold out hope that she would wake up.  We have all heard the story's of people coming back against the odds, but that's really what it is, odds.  You could read about every person who won the lottery, it happens all the time, but that doesn't change your odds of winning the lottery.  I don't want to reduce a child's life to a simple analogy, and its a sad fact, but that poor little girl is dead.

People have beliefs, they are entitled to them, and I'm sure there is a place for spiritual guidance for these believers when dealing with hard times like this.  However, as far as medical concerns go, If an outside, independent doctor is saying "no chance of recovering" you take their word over a priest.  Offering false hope in the face of medical evidence doesn't sound like something that 'jesus would do'

My heart goes out to the family, I hope they can get closer to a state of acceptance as soon as possible.


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