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Jahi McMath's family facing court deadline to find new facility

This undated photo provided by the McMath family and Omari Sealey shows Jahi McMath. (Courtesy of McMath Family and Omari Sealey)
December 29, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
The deadline is closing in for the family of the girl pronounced brain dead after tonsil surgery in California.

Jahi McMath, 13, is at Children's Hospital Oakland. Her family has until 5 p.m. Monday to find a new facility to keep her on a ventilator. The hospital will follow a court order to remove her from life support, unless her family appeals.

The family is hoping a New York facility will take her after two California care homes withdrew their offers.

The family attorney says he is waiting to hear from the New York hospital after its facility director and medical director speak.

McMath underwent tonsil surgery at Children's Hospital on Dec. 9 to treat sleep apnea. Her family said that after the procedure, she started bleeding heavily from her mouth and went into cardiac arrest.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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