Hospital Should Accommodate Family of Jahi McMath

by Greg Johnson
on 01/01/2014

Jahi McMath was suffering from sleep apnea when it was decided that she would get a routine tonsillectomy performed at Oakland Children’s Hospital. After surgery, she started to bleed profusely, went to cardiac arrest and was left brain dead. Since then, the family has been doing everything in their power to keep their daughter on life support to keep her heart beating. It has been back and forth between the courts, hospital, and family ever since.

My take on this is that I am not going to deny that she is brain dead or am I saying that the hospital had a bad mess up to lead to this. However, I can say that the family entrusted their daughter’s health to the hospital and the end result has been disastrous for the McMath family. I know that when someone tries something of mine and it goes awry, I will do everything in my power to try to make it up to that person. In this case, the hospital is doing the exact opposite of what the family wants. Right now, the family does not want the plug pulled on their daughter and as long as they see a beating heart, they still feel like there is a chance. It should be the family’s decision to pull the plug, not a court, doctor or hospital.

Just think about this for a minute. How do you think a mother would feel if they gave up, pulled the plug and then 3 years later there has been success in reviving brain dead people. I don’t think that a family would ever forgive themselves. In my opinion, if the family wants to put their daughter on machine to keep her alive, that is their right. If they decide that it is time to pull a plug, that should be their decision and nobody else’s and a decision like this should not be forced or rushed upon them.

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