January 2nd, 2014
10:53 PM ET

13-year-old on life support and at the center of a legal battle

Jahi McMath suffered severe complications after having her tonsils removed. She is on life support machines and her parents want to keep it that way. But her doctors and a judge declared her brain dead and are ready to pull the plug. That set off a legal battle over Jahi's  future. Randi Kaye has the latest.

John Berman discussed this case with legal analyst and criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos along with attorney and children's advocate Areva Martin.

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  1. james a cook

    It is very sad when Government gets in every thing you do in the name of -protecting you- As a young man I had a thing happen in my life where a brother in Law was pronounced DEAD by two Dr. in a Texas Hospital many years ago. I was there when the two Dr. Came in an talked with us, the whole family was there, Except my brother in laws Wife. As the Dr. was saying he had just passed away she came in the door. She screamed NO, he is not dead and before any one could restrain her she ran to his bed side. She did what she new to do and in a few min. Drs. had a good hart beat. My brother in law lived many more years. I say to this family Never, Never give up, God be with you she is so young. A miracle may come to your daughter, Drs. find new cures ever day. I believe we need to rethink many of the laws that are on our books today and make change where change is do.

    January 6, 2014 at 3:40 pm |
  2. Chris

    I send strength and love to Jahi's family. What a heartbreak. My daughter died suddenly a year and a half ago. I worked very diligently to accept her death, knowing that to do so would lessen my suffering. It was of course, exquisitely difficult. My heart goes out to Jahi's mother. The nurse in me is proud of the compassionate and firm way Oakland Children's Hospital is handling this very tragic loss of life.

    January 3, 2014 at 9:57 pm |

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