Hospital won't assist in transfer of brain-dead girl

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A doctor at a California hospital says the facility won't cooperate with the transfer of Jahi McMath to another facility.

She's the 13-year-old girl who was declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy. Her family didn't accept that, and went to court -- where both a doctor at Children's Hospital in Oakland and an outside expert appointed by the court both concluded that she can't recover because her brain isn't functioning.

Her family now wants to transfer her to a nursing home that is willing to keep caring for her.

But first, doctors at the hospital would have to surgically insert breathing and feeding tubes that would allow the new facility to keep her body functioning.

And the hospital's chief of pediatrics says doctors won't be doing that -- since the judge in the case didn't authorize or order any transfer or surgery. He says the hospital "does not believe that performing surgical procedures on the body of a deceased person is an appropriate medical practice."

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