CA family hopes to share holiday with sick teen

By By JASON DEAREN and CHANNING JOSEPH

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An Oakland family whose 13-year-old daughter has been declared brain dead is hoping to celebrate Christmas with her in the hospital after a judge ordered hospital officials to keep her connected to a ventilator.

Jahi McMath was declared brain dead after experiencing complications following a tonsillectomy at Children's Hospital in Oakland.

Alameda County Judge Evelio Grillo on Monday called for Jahi to be independently examined by Stanford University School of Medicine's chief of child neurology, Paul Graham Fisher. An examination was done on Monday and may continue Tuesday.

Grillo also ordered the hospital to keep Jahi on a ventilator until Dec. 30 or until further order from the court.

Jahi's family believes she is still alive and that the hospital should not remove her from the ventilator without their permission.

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