Mother of Calif. teen called 'brain dead' speaks

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The mother of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery is speaking out several weeks after taking her daughter out of a hospital.

Nailah Winkfield says in a letter that appeared Wednesday on Facebook and Twitter that she believes her daughter is "much better physically" since she was removed from Children's Hospital Oakland last month.

The letter doesn't specify Jahi's condition or say where she is being kept. Her family says Jahi is at an undisclosed location and has been given feeding and breathing tubes while remaining on a ventilator.

Family attorney Christopher Dolan says the letter is meant for those supporting Jahi and her family.

Jahi underwent tonsil surgery Dec. 9 and began bleeding heavily before going into cardiac arrest and being declared brain dead Dec. 12.

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.