What does it really mean to be brain dead? Jahi McMath's case has sparked a debate since she was declared brain-dead five years ago but still lived with the help of machines. ()]
Jahi McMath, the teenage girl from Oakland that has been at the center of a controversial debate, has been removed from the machines that have kept her alive for the past five years.
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Jahi McMath's Life and Death
Jahi McMath died on June 22, nearly five years after she was declared brain-dead by doctors from UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. According to family members, the machines that kept McMath alive were removed because of liver failure and excessive bleeding as a result of surgery to treat a bowel problem.
McMath's suffering began in 201
In the following years, McMath continued to grow, passed through puberty, and celebrated her birthdays. Her family even posted videos of her moving her foot or hands in response to her mother's orders, as well as MRI scans showing McMath had brain activity again.
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The case of McMath and her family opened the conversation about parental rights and the accuracy of determining brain death. Finally, McMath's story led to the "Jahi McMath Effect," in which the families then rejected the brain-dead diagnoses of their loved ones.
However, in the medical community, many of the tests conducted at McMath found clear determinants of irreversible loss of brain function. That means, apart from Dr. Alan Shewmon of the University of California, Los Angeles, who reviewed nearly 50 videos by McMath and stated that she did not qualify for brain death.
In a landmark article published in JAMA