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January 6th, 2014
11:56 PM ET

Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about what's next for Jahi McMath

13-year-old Jahi McMath went to the hospital for a tonsillectomy. After severe complications from the surgery Jahi's doctors declared her brain dead. But her family believes otherwise. They won a battle to move her out of the hospital and into a new facility. Dan Simon has the latest on the case.

Anderson discussed this with Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

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  1. PJ SUMMER

    I have been keeping up with this tragic story and my heart really goes out to this beautiful young lady and her parents. This almost happened to me two years ago as I almost bled to death and I was about to go into cardiac arrest. Sometimes bad things happen to people like what has happened to Jahi that we just do not know why. It is not fair at all to say the least. I had to step away from reading about this for a while because it was really getting to me and I felt so much horror and sadness it was absolutely terrible. She is in a better place than this old earth I believe. Prayers to her parents.

    January 18, 2014 at 6:47 pm |
  2. Paula Tamburro

    I lost my beloved husband to cancer. He was the nicest man in the world, but he died anyway. No miracles out there for anyone. If there is indeed a loving God, he would not hand out miracles to some and not to others as that would be the ultimate cruelty. There is no doling out of punishment or handing out of miracles. It is the grace and action you show in the face of it.

    January 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm |
  3. Linda

    I think naturally as a parent if anyone was put under such heartbreaking circumstances you would do whatever possible to help your baby. This little girl has a loving mother and a praying family. Whatever the outcome is supposed to be is what will happen in GODS time not ours. Please be compassionate in your responses, God forbid any of us were to ever be put in this mothers position, what would we do?

    January 16, 2014 at 11:26 am |
  4. Steve Chenoy

    If she truly is dead than the poor little girl is not being harmed by any further medical treatment so if the family wants to hold out hope and try more power to them. The govt or law shouldn't tell us when we can live or die. It's a personal decision and I hope they get a miracle or closure. Again, who of us is it hurting? She seemed like a happy beautiful little girl and it's a tragedy but it's their daughter so should be their decision solely.

    January 8, 2014 at 11:36 pm |
    • Lisa

      Who do you think will pay for her care?

      January 16, 2014 at 6:57 pm |
  5. Kit Moresby

    I pity this family for not letting this child go in a dignified way. Someone please, a psychologist, someone, try to explain to this family that she's in fact dead and that is that, that there's no improving or waking up EVER from this condition. What do they think will happen from now on? Imagine how many dead people can be put in a ventilator and feed tubes from now on, because of this tragedy, they're creating a dangerous precedent for blindfolded families do that to their loved ones when they cannot accept or understand the meaning of a brain dead person which is just another term for plainly – death. It's not coma or vegetative state, it's death. She's gone. What a nightmare.

    January 8, 2014 at 8:37 pm |
  6. Fausto Montoya

    Dr. Gupta in his answer mentioned four words that says it all ( That Part Is Dead ) then he went on to add the word irreversible ! For lack of oxygen most likely the brain died ! Period. Hard to accept ? Very ,Very, Very hard ! Only a miracle from God will do the bringing back to life ! But perhaps he needed another angel and decided to take her ? It is then when we all need to learn to accept his will and not ours ! Let go ! Let her rest in peace ! Thy will be done and not ours ! May God give you strength and to your daughter the eternal glory ! Amen !

    January 7, 2014 at 11:37 pm |
  7. Holly

    She is dead my brother was on a ventilator and as soon as they unplugged him he lived a short time with out it and that was it.
    Did we love him and want him here today of course but we wanted him alive and well talking with us eating on his own and living like he used to.
    But it was not the case for him.

    January 7, 2014 at 10:55 pm |
  8. Jan

    I guess nobody wants to discuss or ask who is paying for the hospital bill, perhaps indefinitely to keep her body going...

    January 7, 2014 at 12:51 pm |
  9. Derek Silkebaken

    my heart bleeds for your daughter and your family... but please, actual brain death means her brain no longer functions... she is not in a coma where she MAY be able to wake-up... she is in a permanent "sleep" status from which she will never awake... she cannot breathe or keep her keep her heart beating without machines... she cannot eat without being fed through liquid feeding tubes... all signs point to the fact that she needs to pass on... i understand letting go can be had for your family... but what you are actually doing is preventing her soul to meet jesus on the way home... please remember her as she was... don't be selfish... let her go... prepare for what is to come, god/jesus will be behind you when your avenge her death via legal criminal and civil lawsuits against the original hospital and others who would not agree to help her...

    January 7, 2014 at 11:51 am |
    • Shane

      So, God/Jesus will be behind them when they "avenge her death", huh?!! Well, where was God/Jesus when she was dying from all the blood loss?!! Isn't it enough that these people are in denial about their daughter's death?!! Why add to their delusions by bringing up religious fantasy talk.

      January 7, 2014 at 9:43 pm |
    • Linda Atkinson

      There isn't going to be any avenging her death with any lawsuit. The family blatantly disregarded doctors' orders not to feed her solid foods after throat surgery by bringing junk food from McDonald's in to the hospital. They also lied on medical admitting forms about the girl suffering from known bleeding disorders before surgery. Also they have kept her deteriorating body on medical support for far too long thereby destroying any chance of medical exams to prove if there was any malpractice. The family doesn't have a chance in court.

      January 14, 2014 at 1:52 pm |
  10. Amy

    May God bless them with a miracle. We didn't get one, but maybe they will. Prayers for them!

    January 7, 2014 at 10:55 am |

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