McMath’s family also notes that she’s been showing some signs of improvements despite concerns from medical officials.
(CNN) — Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old girl on a ventilator who was declared brain dead by California doctors after tonsil surgery, was released from a hospital to her mother Sunday night and moved to a facility willing to continue her care.
“We’re very relieved that she got safely to where she needed to be, because we were all very afraid given the fragile condition as she wasted away at Children’s that she might not make it,” attorney Chris Dolan told reporters Monday.
The move to an undisclosed location ends one chapter of a weekslong struggle between Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, which sought to remove Jahi from the ventilator after it and a judge concluded she was brain dead, and her relatives, who fought in court to keep her on life support and contended she showed signs of life.
The hospital released Jahi on Sunday to the Alameda County coroner, who then released her to her mother’s custody, said David Durand, the hospital’s chief of pediatrics. The hospital had previously said it needed the coroner’s consent for the transfer because Jahi was legally dead.
Jahi — who was declared brain dead December 12 after post-surgery complications that her family says included severe bleeding and cardiac arrest — was moved from the hospital Sunday accompanied by a critical care team. She was attached to a ventilator, but with no feeding tube in place.
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