The mother of an Oakland teenager who was admitted to the hospital for a routine tonsillectomy and later declared brain dead is speaking out for the first time since her daughter was admitted to a long term care treatment facility.
The struggle between the mother of 13 year old Jahi McMath and the hospital made national news after the hospital declared the teen brain dead and McMath’s mother, Nailah Winkfield, fought to have her transferred to another facility. Now in a letter KTVU Channel 2, Winkfield is finally thanking supporters and updating them on McMath’s condition.
Now that her daughter’s been moved from the Children’s Hospital Oakland, Winkfield says her daughter is alive and isn’t suffering.
“I have been surrounded by the love, support and prayers of so many kind people,’ Winkfield writes in the letter. ‘Despite what people say about my daughter being dead and how I must be ignorant not to get that, I can tell you that she is much better physically since she has left Children’s Hospital and I see changes that give me hope.”
After what should have been a routine surgery, McMath began hemorrhaging from her mouth and nose, according to her grandmother, and then her heart stopped, which resulted in brain damage.
Oakland hospital sued and won the right to have the girl’s life support turned off after two doctors testified that McMath was without any brain function and could not survive without a respirator. But Jahi’s family then won an injunction, preventing the hospital from turning off life support and allowing the family to transfer the teen with the ventilator.