Before moving 13-year-old Jahi McMath to a nursing home, doctors at Children’s Hospital Oakland need to surgically insert breathing and feeding tubes into her that will allow the new facility to keep her body functioning, the lawyer, Christopher Dolan, told The Associated Press.
Problem is, doctors at the hospital do not agree with the transfer.
David Durand, the hospital’s chief of pediatrics, said the hospital would not cooperate with Jahi’s transfer to another facility. The judge did not authorize or order any transfer or surgery, Durand said in a statement released Thursday evening.
“Children’s Hospital Oakland does not believe that performing surgical procedures on the body of a deceased person is an appropriate medical practice,” he said.
The family, however, isn’t giving up.
Dolan declined to identify the facility where the family would like Jahi to go, but he said it is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and is not equipped to perform surgeries. Dolan said he was put in touch with the facility by a group of Catholic doctors.
Our position is, ‘You don’t want her, that’s clear.’ … We are trying to find somebody who will see her other than a dead piece of meat and will treat her, help us get her out of there and into the arms of someone who will care for her rather than putting her in a body bag,” said Dolan, who is representing Jahi’s mother.
In the meantime, Children’s Hospital has moved to take the teen off life support, an action stopped by the family in court. But that rule may not stand for long.
A doctor at Children’s Hospital and a court-appointed outside expert both concluded that she cannot recover because her brain is not functioning.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo gave the hospital permission to remove the Jahi’s ventilator, but not until 5 p.m. Monday so the mother has time to appeal.