Family to Move Brain Dead Teen

The family of 13-year-old Jahi McMath is weighing offers from nursing homes who have offered to care for the girl after complications from a tonsillectomy surgery left her brain dead, with no chance of recovering, according to her doctors. The girl’s case has been taken up by religious right-to-life groups who have offered support to her mother’s plea to keep Children’s Hospital Oakland from removing the child’s ventilator, a move that a judge ruled could be made on Monday. Before she could be transferred to another facility, however, McMath would need breathing and feeding tubes surgically implanted, which hospital officials say they will not perform. “Children’s Hospital Oakland does not believe that performing surgical procedures on the body of a deceased person is an appropriate medical practice,” the chief of pediatrics said.