A teenager who had been on life support since 2013 underwent a complicated surgery recently. Unfortunately, on June 22, she passed away, it was reported Friday.
According to Fox News, her mother, Nailah Winkfield said her child had died from excessive bleeding after undergoing bleeding and liver failure. The purpose of the operation was to treat an intestinal issue.
Jahi McMath had been pronounced brain dead in December 2013 after she’d gone in for a complex nose and throat surgery. After the surgery, doctors said she suffered irreversible brain damage from lack of oxygen and cardiac arrest.
The next month, a coroner signed a death certificate. But Winkfield refused to remove her daughter from life support. Her case became national news.
The family flew McMath out of California to New Jersey, which is the only state where there are laws prohibit doctors from removing someone who is brain dead from life support, if the family objects.
"Jahi wasn't brain dead or any kind of dead," Winkfield said. "She was a girl with a brain injury and she deserved to be cared for like any other child who had a brain injury."
Winkfield had gained custody of the child in 2014. She said that due to her Christian beliefs, she couldn’t remove her daughter from life support.
She argued that McMath wasn’t brain dead, but exhibited signs of life, such as twitching her finger or wiggling her toe. She said that her death was “devastating.”
"I’m devastated about losing my daughter," Winkfield told the Bay Area News Group. "Everything I did revolved around Jahi."
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