Sunday, January 1, 2012


This page will be periodically updated. If you have a link that contains relevant information on the case, please email me or write a comment on the current story. Thanks! Sprocket.

Short Synopsis
On December 9th, 2013, Jahi McMath had three complicated surgical procedures to open up her upper airway. She’d undergone an adenotonsillectomy, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, and submucous resection of bilateral inferior turbinates to treat her sleep apnea. On December 12th, she was declared brain dead.  What happened to Jahi?

Jahi McMath - (13) year old who had three surgical procedures at once
Omari Sealey - Jahi's uncle and family spokesperson
Marvin Winkfield - (Stepfather?)
Latasha Nailah Winkfield - Mother to Jahi
Christopher Dolan - Family attorney
Jabria Milsap - (19 or 20) Jahi's older sister
Jose Llamas - (10) Jahi's brother
Jordyn Johnson - sister (kindergarden)
(Source for sibling info.)

01/01/14 Jahi's Legacy - by CaliGirl9
01/03/14 The Long, Sad Death of Jahi McMath - by CaliGirl9
01/06/14 Jahi McMath: Merely Dead, or Really Most Sincerely Dead? - by KZ
01/10/14 Jahi McMath: A Body in Limbo - by Sprocket
01/13/14 Legal History of the Jahi McMath Case - by VenomousFeminist
02/03/14 Jahi McMath: Frequently Asked Questions, Part I - by KZ 
02/09/14 Jahi McMath: Emotional & Spiritual Predators - by KZ
02/10/14 Jahi McMah: Frequently Asked Questions, Part II - by KZ
03/26/14 Jahi McMath: No News on This Case - by Sprocket 
10/04/14 Jahi McMath: Alive Again? - by KZ 
03/04/15 Jahi McMath: Family files lawsuit against hospital, surgeon - by Sprocket

(Reader help building this would be most appreciated. Sprocket)
San Jose Mercury News - Timeline of Events

(Note: I still have many documents to add to this area. I'll get to it asap. Sprocket)
12-16-2013 Dolan's Cease & Desist Letter to CHO 
12-20-2013 Children's Hospital Opposition to Temp. Restraining Order
12-20-2013 Children's Hospital Physician's Declaration
12-23-2013 Dr. Paul Fisher's Report of his examination of Jahi
12-24-2013 Children's Hospital Opposition to Petition to Appoint Dr. Byrne an an Independent Expert
12-27-2013 Children's Hospital Atty Response to family atty
12-30-2013 Children's Hospital - Family Filed Appeal
12-30-2013 McMath Civil Rights Lawsuit Filing
01-03-2014 Supplemental Declaration of Dr. Heidi Flori 
01-29-2014 Plaintiff's Dismissal Without Prejudice to Dismiss Federal Ct. Filing
12-30-2103 Plaintiff's Notice of Status Conference on 4-2-14 Federal Ct. Filing

03-03-2015 Malpractice Complaint Against Hospital, Surgeon  
December 19, 2013
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Jahi McMath. This is a tragic situation.
We want the public to know that the family has not permitted us to discuss the medical situation. We are unable–without the family’s permission–to talk about the medical procedure, background or any of the details that are a part of this tragedy. Details that would provide transparency, openness and provide answers to the public about this situation.

We implore the family to allow the hospital to openly discuss what has occurred and to give us the necessary legal permission–which it has been withholding–that would bring clarity, and we believe, some measure of closure and deeper understanding of this medical case.

Many of the statements made by the family and its attorney must be taken in the context that they will not allow CHO to discuss the case and provide the information necessary for there to be a fuller understanding.

David Durand, M.D.
Chief of Pediatrics
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
- - Medical Resources: NCBI; Nuc Med; Springer; Research Gate
NCBI: The Concept of Brain Death Did Not Evolve to Benefit Organ Transplants
NCBI- Organ Preservation in a brain dead patient: information support for a neurocritical care protocol development
NCBI: Stability and Autolysis of Cortical Neurons in Post-Mortem Adult Rat Brains
NCBI: On the Autolysis of Brain Tissue
Nuc Med Resource: Brain Death Scan
SPRINGER: Autolysis of the granular layer of the cerebellar cortex in brain death
RESEARCH GATE: A clinico-neuropathological study on brain death
RESEARCH GATE: Changes in Spinal Reflex Excitability in Brain-Dead Humans
MEDICALOOK: Reflex Arc Anatomy
NEUROLOGICAL BULLETIN - Undulating Toe Flexion Sign in Brain Death 
- - Magazine Articles
VQR: The Paradox of Brain Death
Discover Magazine - The Beating Heart Donors 5/2012
Salt Lake Tribune 10/15/2004 Brain Dead 6 yr old 
-- Information Websites
Wofford College, SC, G.R. Davis, Ph.D. - Lessons From the Pithed Frog
University of Toledo - Care of Brain Dead Patient Procedures (PDF)
US Federal Court - Northern Calif. website 
Superior Ct. of Calif. - County of Alameda website
Controversies In The Determination Of Death: A White Paper by the President's Council on Bioethics
HIPPA - US Dept. of Health Website
How to Perform a Tracheotomy
California Health & Safety Code 1254.4 Online discussion among MD's about Brain Death (blunt language)
Journal of Clinical Ethics - Treating Brain Dead for Family Benefit (PDF) 
- - Blogs, Website T&T Recommends
Thaddeus Mason Pope
Stories from the trauma bay - DocBastard Blog
All Nurses Website - Jahi McMath Discussion
- - Wikipedia Pages
Wikipedia: Single-photon emission computed tomography
Wikipedia: Dermatome 
Jahi McMath Wikipedia Page
President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research
Uniform Determination of Death Act 
- - Miscellaneous
 CLASSIC CASES IN MEDICAL ETHICS, Chapter 14 by Gregory E. Pence
TECHNOLOGY & REDEFINITION OF DEATH in 1968 - by Mita Giacomini
Funeral Consumers Alliance - Who May Control Disposition of Remains
FFRF email to E.C. Reams Academy of Tech. & Arts
2005 SF Gate article with image of CHO PICU unit, curtains sep. beds
Undated photo of CHO PICU unit, curtains separate beds

YouTube - Frog Legs Dancing With A Little Salt
- - Twitter
Twitter Pic of Agreement between Family & Hospital
Christopher Dolan Twitter Page 
Christopher Dolan Law Twitter Page
Omari Sealy Twitter Page 
Angela Clemente Twitter Page
Alleged Jahi's sister Twitter Page
Image of hand holding on Twitter
Better Image of hand holding on Twitter
Alleged cousin of Jahi McMath Twitter Page 
 - - Facebook
Family Facebook Keep Jahi on life support
Image of hand holding on Facebook
Team Jahi McMath Prayer & Support Facebook Page
Team Jahi: A Family in Denial Facebook Page
- - Instagram /WebStagram
Omari Sealy WebStagram Account
? Nailah Winkfield Instagram Account
- - YouTube 
YouTube: ALLEGED VIDEO of Jahi's feet & ice cubes
YouTube: Video of grandmother speaking to media about suctioning Jahi
01/17/14 Black Hollywood Live - Justice Is Served (McMath is discussed)
12/17/13 ABC7 - In this video Jahi's mother says she was spitting up clots
01/03/14 Raw footage of Christopher Dolan arguing with the press 
01/16/14 Dee Dee Simon Official Jahi McMath music video
- - Etc.
Official Jahi McMath Website - Give Jahi A Chance
FundRazr Account for Jahi McMath - currently suspended
Family GoFundMe Account 
Nailah Winkfield's letter released 2-19-14
Possible Marvin Winkfield Google+ Page 


ALL InsideBayArea articles on Jahi McMath - ARCHIVE
ALL LA Times articles on Jahi McMath - ARCHIVE
ALL Huff Post articles on Jahi McMath - ARCHIVE
ALL MercuryNews articles on Jahi McMath - ARCHIVE
ALL New York Times articles on Jahi McMath - ARCHIVE
Christopher Dolan's SF Examiner Blog - ARCHIVE 

12/18/13 NBC Bay Area - Okland 8th Grader "Brain Dead" After Tonsillectomy
12/18/13 SF Gate - Tonsil surgery patient to remain on life support (Image of father supposedly in this story.)
12/19/13 KRON4 - Jahi McMath: Doctor Releases Statement Following Meeting With Family
12/21/13 ContraCosta Times - Jahi, her mom & 13 days at Children's Hosp. Oakland
12/24/13 MercuryNews - Jahi McMath: A mother's undeniable love is lost in divisive battle
12/25/13 San Fran. Examiner - A Personal Story of Representing Jahi McMath -by Dolan
12/30/13 ContraCosta Times - Appeal Describes Jahi McMath's post-surgical bleeding

01/02/14 CNN Opn: Let Parents Decide if Teen is Dead + Video
01/02/14 San Fran. Examiner - Behind Scenes Fight Over Jahi - by Dolan 
01/03/14 CBS San Francisco - Death Certificate Issued for Jahi McMath
01/03/14 CNN Video - Legal Battle over Jahi McMath
01/03/14 San Francisco Gate - Hospital Agrees to let Family take Jahi
01/03/14 San Francisco Gate - Lack of Brain Activity Separates Jahi from Other Cases

01/04/14 NBC Bay Area - Family Cleared to take Teen from Hospital 
01/05/14 San Jose Mercury News - Jahi Moved from CHO

01/06/14 National Right to Life - Jahi Flown to NY Facility
01/06/14 Fox Video - Father Jonathan  Morris weighs in on McMath Case
01/06/14 Fox Video - Founder of New Beginnings Allyson Scerri's Fox News Interview 
01/06/14 Fox Video - Why Schiavo's family stands by Jahi McMath
01/06/14 Fox Video - Could Jahi McMath Make Miracle Recovery? 
01/06/14 CNN - Case of Jahi McMath Raises Questions About Life After Brain Death

01/09/14 NBC News - Brain Dead Girl Gets Feeding, Breathing Tubes
01/09/14 Newsday Opinion - The Case Against Care for brain dead
01/09/14 The Catholic Key -  Sometimes things are not as they seem by Bishop Finn
01/09/14 San Jose Mercury News - Medical Experts Say Organ Failure Inevitable   
01/09/14 New York Times: At Issue in 2 Wrenching Cases: What to Do When the Brain Dies?
01/09/14 Traditional Catholic Priest Blog - An Important Comment on Jahi, Dr. Paul Byrne & Brain Death
01/09/14 Post News Group - Faith Confronts Economic Reality in Fate of McMath

01/10/14 NBC Bay Area - Friends Believe Jahi McMath "Quiet Leader" is Alive
01/10/14  Huff Post - Jahi McMath and the Dangerous Language of Hope
01/10/14 Huff Post -The Ethics of Being Brain Dead:  Doctors And Bioethicists Discuss Jahi McMath And Marlise Munoz
01/10/14 Guardian LV - McMath Case Has Alarming New Details
01/10/14 Mercury News Ed: -McMath story demonstrates Americans need to talk more about death
01/10/14 CNN Video -HLN Dr. Drew - Jahi McMath won't wake up 

01/13/14 UC Hastings College of Law - David Faigman on Jahi McMath
01/14/14 Renew America - Jahi McMath is a Living Person - by Paul Byrne MD 
01/14/14 MercuryNews - John Horgan: Readers React to Jahi McMath Commentary
01/14/14 The Californian - Deaths put focus on child surgery risks
01/14/14 Ntl Catholig Regstr - McMath Case Renews Moral Debate over Brain Death Diagnosis 

1/7 Updtd 01/15/14 MercuryNews - John Horgan: Jahi McMath saga draws too many judgemental comments
01/15/14 Christian Century - Jahi McMath & the bodies of children
01/15/14 New Scientist - McMath & Munoz cases challenge definition of death
01/15/14 Huff Post Live - Video Rpt - If the Brain is Dead, Should the Person Die, Too? 
01/15/14 Life Site News - Kansas City Bishop pens passionate defense of life in defense of Jahi McMath case
01/15/14 The New Yorker - Lights Out: A New Reckoning for Brain Death

01/16/14 Secular News Daily - FFRF asks for probe of charter school
01/16/14 FFRF - Press release asking for proble of charter school
01/16/14 CentricTV - The Jahi McMath Saga: Is The Media Creating False Hope?
01/16/14 - Washington Times - Schindler: My Sister Terri Schiavo was alive like Jahi McMath
01/16/14 Press Telegram OP - In Cases Like McMath's, Listen to Doctor's Diagnosis: Letters
01/16/14 LA Times OP - In Jahi's case, past time for a reality check 

01/17/14 Huff Post - Defining Death: Four Decades of Ambivalence
01/17/14 ShreveportTimes - Jahi McMath is dead, it's time to let her go
01/17/14 Huff Post - McMath Case Could Set Precedent for Parents' Rights
01/18/14 RenewAmerica - Jahi's functioning hypothalamus: Some social and scientific considerations
01/18/14 OregonLive OP - The importance of not letting go too soon

01/19/14 Christian Sci. Monitor - When does life end? Two emotional cases...
01/19/14 Santa Barbara Indep - When dead is dead
01/19/14 SF Gate - Matier & Ross comment in this article on Jahi McMath
01/19/14 Santa Barbara Indepndent - When Dead is Dead

01/20/14 - When is someone dead: Biology, Humanity & the Law
01/20/14 CNN (The Chart) - 'Routine' tonsillectomies not so routine
01/20/14 Christianity Today - Medicine does not know what dead is
o1/20/14 Time - Jahi McMath, Ariel Sharon and the Valley of Death

01/21/14 Northwest Herald - Oliver: Jahi's parents faced heartbreaking choice
01/21/14 Christopher Johnson MD (Blog) On Brain Death & McMath Story
01/22/14 Huff Post - Death has become a choice
01/22/14 LA Times OP - Sad saga of Jahi McMath made sadder by family's lawyer, readers say

01/24/14 Huff Post - How an Outdated California Law is Impacting the McMath Case
01/25/14 Inside BayArea - McMath: Could Her Case Determine How California Determines Death?
01/25/14 MercuryNews - McMath: Five similar brain death legal cases 

01/27/14 MercuryNews - McMath - Video claims to show her feet and toes move
01/31/14 SF Gate - Dying while Black: The case of Jahi McMath

02/01/14 MercuryNews - McMath - Is it safe to have tonsil surgery at CHO?
02/01/14 RenewAmerica - Paul Byrne: Jahi McMath, can you move?
02/06/14 Christopher Johnson MD - What is death & when is dead really dead?
02/11/14 KevinMD - Analyzing the Jahi McMath Case
02/19/14 - Letter from Jahi McMath's Mother About Recent Developments
02/24/14 LA Times - Mother of Jahi Defends Ventilator Decision
02/27/14 MercuryNews -McMath Family to get award from Schiavo foundation

03/13/14 ContraCostaTimes - JM: State Releases Report on CHO Handling of Patients
03/13/14 MercuryNews - McMath Family Calls State Report B.S.
03/15/14 Mail Online - Family says teen is showing signs of life
03/15/14 FoxNews - Uncle: Jahi McMath Knows Where She Is 
03/18/14 RenewAmerica - Pal Byrne: Jahi McMath, Accepting her life
03/25/14 NBC BayArea - McMath Family to be Honored by Schiavo Network
03/28/14 LATimesNow - Mother of brain dead Jahi McMath says daughter is "still sleeping"

05/22/14 Calif. Calthoic Daily - Brain death is not death, it's liability protection (Quotes from a 1/6/14 article by Paul Byrne)

03/03/15 Inside Bay Area Jahi McMath: Oakland girl's family sues hospital, surgeon
03/03/15 LATimesNow - Family of Jahi McMath Sues Doctor, Oakland Hospital over brain damage
03/03/15 ABC Family of California Teen Declared Brain Dead Sues Hospital For Malpractice
03/03/15 SFGate Family of Jahi McMath Suing Oakland Hospital
03/03/15 NBC Family of Jahi McMath Alleges Medical Negligence Against Children's Hospital
03/03/15 Mercury News - Timeline of Events According to Family Lawsuit