Terri Schiavo’s Foundation Helps Jahi McMath

    January 2, 2014
    Lindsay McCane
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The family of Terri Schiavo has joined forces with Jahi McMath’s family, to continue the fight to keep Jahi on life-support, after she was declared brain-dead on December 12.

“Together with our team of experts, Terri’s Network believes Jahi’s case is representative of a very deep problem within the U.S. healthcare system — particularly those issues surrounding the deaths of patients within the confines of hospital corporations, which have a vested financial interest in discontinuing life,” the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network said in a statement.

Jahi had checked in at the Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland on December 9, to undergo a routine tonsillectomy. However, she began experiencing complications, after the surgery, that ultimately led to her being declared brain dead. Since then, her family has been fighting to have Jahi remain on life support, even though the hospital believes there is no way Jahi will ever recover.

Jahi’s family is now hoping to move Jahi to a hospital in New York, that agreed to accept her, with the help of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network . The family claims that the hospital in Oakland is “hell bent” on ending Jahi’s life and “does not believe that performing surgical procedures on the body of a deceased person is an appropriate medical practice.”

“We have done everything to assist the family of Jahi McMath in their quest to take the deceased body of their daughter to another medical facility,” hospital spokesman Sam Singer said. “To date, they have been unwilling or unable to provide a physician to perform the procedures necessary, transportation, or a facility that would accept a dead person on a ventilator. Our hearts and thoughts go out to them in this tragic situation, but the statements being made by their attorney and some family members are misleading and untrue.”

Despite the setbacks they have encountered, Jahi’s family is not giving up, and is praying for Jahi to, one day, wake up.

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  • Oded Haber

    Precisely what does it mean to “help”
    someone who is dead?

    Is there permission or desire for
    organ transplantation?

  • http://www.bioquark.com Ira S Pastor

    Actually, there are a few cases in the literature over the last several decades of supposed brain death reversal – mainly in infants and fetuses (where you may still have an active neurogenesis niche) – none ever had positive long term outcome, but the papers do exists in PubMed if you look for them – and they are hotly contested amongst thought leaders – like this one – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19818943 – And do keep in mind, the brain death diagnosis does NOT constitute zero cerebral activity as is commonly mentioned in the press – it is “no cerebral activity greater than 2 micro-volts” – most thought leaders in the space acknowledge residual “nests” of neuronal activity and residual blood flow do indeed exist in the brain dead – just not enough to support an “integrated whole person” – Since 1968 and the Harvard Ad Hoc Committee on Brain Death, the definition of death has remained static, in spite of 1) the major thought leaders in the space acknowledging that brain death is a process, not an event, and 2) the continued development of new technologies, including those of regenerative medicine – and on top of that, even in the year 2014 we really have no widely accepted idea on how memories are truly stored in the brain, and how much of the brain can be destroyed while maintaining identity – Ira S Pastor, CEO, Bioquark Inc. – http://www.bioquark.compastor@bioquark.com