SAN FRANCISCO – Jahi McMath, a teenager from Oakland whose brain death caused national headlines following a routine tonsillar surgery in 2013, died June 22, according to the family's lawyer.
She was 13 when she underwent surgery for pediatric obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that stopped her breathing during sleep and caused other medical problems.
Nearly five years later, "Jahi died as a result of complications with liver failure," said attorney Christopher Dolan's statement.
She was operated on December 9, 2013 at the Oakland Children's Hospital and Research Center. After the procedure to remove her tonsils, polyps and extra sinus tissue, Jahi was vigilant and talking to doctors and even asked for a popsicle.
According to her family, Jahi was in intensive care when she started to bleed and her heart was arrested. On December 1
This led to a months-long battle between the hospital, which wanted to remove Jahi from a respirator after doctors and a judge concluded that she was brain dead, and her relatives, who fought in court Fan, claiming she showed signs of life.
In January 2014, the hospital released the teenager and the family transferred her to an unknown location for treatment and care.
In the years since then, Dolan has released several statements that Jahi went well and even improved.
"A provisional summary of death (death certificate) was referred to as a liver failure bleeding by the hospital doctor treating Jahi and listing her cause of death," said Dolan in the statement announcing McMath's death. He continues to say the death certificate, "notes that Jahi has been suffering from an anoxic brain injury for 4 years.An anoxic brain injury occurs when oxygen is deprived of the brain.Jahi suffered an anoxic brain injury in December 2013 as a result of a severe brain injury Blood loss after surgery at the Oakland Children's Hospital when the medical staff did not treat Jahi or called a doctor after undergoing surgery on tonsils, polyps and a soft palate condition known as apnea. "
CNN has Dolans Reports about what happened to the California teenager, and does not independently check the status of their health.
Oakland Children's Hospital and Research Center has claimed that they could not discuss Jahi's case in detail
She died at home, surrounded by her mother, Nailah Winkfield, stepfather Marvin Winkfield and sister, according to the statement.
Winkfield said she was "devastated by the loss of her daughter, who has shown tremendous strength and courage." She added that she had "forced the world to reconsider the problem of brain death" and herself referring to the far-reaching national debate about what is legal and ethically representing the death surrounding their daughter's case.
Some medical ethicists have said that the case has fed into a false perception that "brain death" is not death; that the body can live on somehow, and that is life.
Winkfield said she was grateful for the last four years she had with her daughter and although her daughter could not talk to her, "my daughter knew I was there and that I loved her, I knew that She said she loved me too. "
She said she left her job, sold her house and most of her things, and exchanged her savings for her daughter in New Jersey in 2014." It's tragic that I am now, after her death, my daughter can be. "
Dolan said that he will continue his pro-bono fight for Jahi, "through the civil suit filed in the Northern District The California District is scheduled to have its prepared death certificate undone, and its death date was June 22, 2018
In the meantime, plans are being made for Jahi, who was 17 when she died California.