Judge: Calif. teen can be taken off life support

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The uncle of a 13-year-old Northern California girl declared brain dead by a judge today says he's hoping for a Christmas Eve miracle.

Jahi (juh-HY) McMath's family says she bled profusely and went into cardiac arrest following a tonsillectomy. They've been fighting to prevent Children's Hospital in Oakland from taking her off life support.

The judge sided with the hospital today after hearing from two doctors, but has given the teen's family until 5 p.m. Dec. 30 to file an appeal. She will stay on life support until then.

The doctors testified today that the teen couldn't breathe on her own when the ventilator was briefly removed during tests. Judge Evelio Grillo (eh-VEH'-lee-oh GREE'-yoh) expressed his sympathy but said that he was powerless to order the hospital to keep Jahi on life support.

The girl's uncle says he and the family would discuss and decide whether to appeal or to allow the hospital to remove the Jahi from the ventilator.

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121-a-13-(Nailah (ny-AH'-lah) Winkfield, mother of Jahai (jah-HY') McMath, in interview)-"like she's recuperating"-Nailah Winkfield says when she visits her daughter in her hospital room, it looks like Jahai is just resting. COURTESY: KGO-TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (24 Dec 2013)

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120-a-11-(Nailah (ny-AH'-lah) Winkfield, mother of Jahai (jah-HY') McMath, in interview)-"one more day ((2nd reference))"-Nailah Winkfield says she wouldn't be a good mother if she let the hospital disconnect the ventilator that's keeping her daughter alive. COURTESY: KGO-TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (24 Dec 2013)

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119-a-13-(Nailah (ny-AH'-lah) Winkfield, mother of Jahai (jah-HY') McMath, in interview)-"to my daughter"-Nailah Winkfield says she believes her 13-year old daughter will wake up, despite doctors declaring her brain dead. COURTESY: KGO-TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (24 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO CACCT205: Quinton Reynolds, of Emeryville, wears a purple cape as he holds his daughter Qniyah Reynolds, 4, as he gathers with others outside of Children's Hospital Oakland in support of Jahi McMath in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. McMath was declared brain dead after experiencing complications following a tonsillectomy at the hospital. (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times-Bay Area News Group, Susan Tripp Pollard) (23 Dec 2013)

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