SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 30, 2013

Facility in New York 'last hope' for girl


The Salem News

---- — OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The family of a California girl who has been declared brain dead says a facility in New York may be able to accept her and keep her on life support.

Jahi McMath’s uncle and lawyer didn’t provide the facility’s name in a statement Saturday, saying they don’t want media attention to affect her chance of being accepted there.

Attorney Chris Dolan said the New York facility is the last hope after two facilities in California backed out.

Timing is short for the family.

A judge ruled that Children’s Hospital Oakland may remove the 13-year-old from life support at 5 p.m. today unless an appeal is filed.

Hospital spokeswoman Cynthia Chiarappa said the hospital has not heard from any facility to discuss how it can accommodate “a deceased body on a ventilator.”