Judge grants McMath family extension until Jan. 7

Jahi's mother spoke to reporters Monday night and called the judge's decision to give them more time "a blessing".
December 30, 2013 9:50:00 PM PST
A judge has extended an order that could keep Jahi McMath on a ventilator until 5 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2014. It's an extension the family has been pushing for. Relatives say they have now found a facility willing to take the 13-year-old who was pronounced brain dead Dec. 12 after complications from tonsil surgery.

The order is an extension of a temporary restraining order from an Alameda County superior court judge who granted the extension to allow the family time to pursue an appeal to a federal court.

In the meantime, family members have said that Jahi is moving, even reacting to her mother's voice, at least in their view.

The hospital will honor the judge's order, but says their position on her death hasn't changed. The hospital would not speak specifically to Jahi's situation, but said it's not uncommon for a body on a ventilator to display involuntary muscle movement.

Jahi's mother, Nailah Winkfield, said Monday, "She's going to stay on that ventilator and I'm going to continue thanking God."

Jahi's parents have raised more than $22,000 on a crowdsourcing website to help pay for her transfer to another facility. A Southern California facility that had offered to take her has backed out, but the family says another facility on the East Coast is willing to take her.

The pastor of the Church Of All Faiths in Oakland says he's opening the doors of his church to anyone who wants to pray for Jahi.

The Rev. Jeffrey Parker has already helped raise about $20,000 for the family. But they cancelled a fundraiser this weekend to raise money for her transportation to a facility because at that time, it looked like there was no facility that would take her in.

Jahi has been at Children's Hospital Oakland since Dec. 9, when she underwent what her family said was supposed to be a routine tonsillectomy to cure a sleep apnea problem that made it difficult for her to sleep. However, Children's doctors said the surgery was complex.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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