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HOSPITAL SURRENDERS JAHI TO HER PARENTS
January 14th 2014 @ 3:57 pm

Camille Giglio
January 13, 2014

On December 9, 2013, 13-year old Jahi McMath walked into Children’s hospital accompanied by her mother for a routine tonsillectomy. Jahi was nervous about the surgery her mother said afterwards.

In the early grey hours before dawn on the morning of January 7th, almost a month later, following protracted court hearings, Children’s hospital reluctantly gave Jahi back to her mother, on a gurney, through a back door, near death, according to the family attorney, to be whisked away to a medical facility the family and their attorney would not disclose.

The family refused to disclose their destination they claimed due to threats against Jahi’s life and that of her attorney, Christopher Dolan of San Francisco.

During all this time there were almost daily updates regarding Jahi’s now perilous situation. The hospital declared that since, as far as they were concerned, based on the legal definition of brain death as a legitimate declaration of irreversible death they would no longer provide curative medicine. Neither would they perform the surgical procedures of a tracheotomy or insertion of a gastric feeding tube to support the life that the Winkfield’s protested was still there. Nor, would they allow an outside surgeon or medical team to enter the hospital to attend to Jahi.

The family and the attorney began using the media to appeal to the medical profession at large, to attend to Jahi. The hospital called in experts to examine Jahi. No surprise, they supported the hospital’s brain-death as total, irreversible death declaration. One Doctor even provided a very graphic written description of what would be happening to Jahi’s body as it began to de-compose.

Attorney Dolan called in Dr. Paul A. Byrne of Ohio who came at his own expense t o examine Jahi. Dr. Byrne, a well recognized authority on brain death cases, is a Board Certified Neonatologist and Pediatrician. He is the Founder of the Neonatal Intensive care Unit at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. and past-President of the Catholic Medical Association (USA). http://www.lifeguardianfoundation.org/

Dr. Byrne stated that Jahi "is not brain-dead." [She] "can recover with proper care."
He is quoted in court findings as also stating that with "proper nutrition and care, McMath can have meaningful recovery to the degree that she would not meet the `brain death’ criteria.
http://www.lifenews.com/2013/12/31/leading-pediatrician-jahi-mcmath-is-not-brain-dead-can-recover-with-proper-care/.

All of the above are facts that we know about this disturbing case. There is much still to be discovered especially about the actions taken by Children’s hospital specifically during the three days from December 9th to the 12th for Jahi’s welfare.

Question 1. Who actually performed this so-called routine tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy? Was it a well-trained surgeon? Was it a trainee? His/her name has never been mentioned.

The medical profession has been sending out alarms about a lack of enough physicians and surgeons to care for all the patients and expected patients with the influx of new ObamaCare patients.

California Legislators have written bills authorizing an "expanded scope of practice" for lower eschelon medical personnel to be licensed to perform various routine or minor medical and surgical procedures - 2013 AB 1338/154, Assemblywoman, Toni Atkins, (D). Abortion by midwives, signed by Gov. Brown, begins this year. http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/10/10/gov_jerry_brown_signs_new_abortion_law_in_california_now_midwives_nurse.html

Question 2. What treatment, if any, was provided to Jahi immediately following the "copious bleeding," that occurred and why did it produce a heart attack? Was it a major heart attack or a small one?
http://news.msn.com/us/state-investigating-oakland-hospital-after-girl-declared-brain-dead

Question 3. In the minds of the hospital officials, at the time that Jahi began to hemorrhage, did Jahi’s status change from being a tonsillectomy patient to a potential organ donor? Did Jahi’s parents refuse to permit their daughter to be used for her organs?

Declaring a person to be brain dead and be put on a ventilator, only, is the first step in preparing a patient for organ removal. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=2969271&page=1

Question 4. Does a hospital obtain total and irreversible control of a person when that person enters a hospital? Are parental rights totally ignored or overridden as it appears the Winkfield family’s rights were denied?

The family claims that to this day they don’t know what happened in the OR or what caused the complications in this otherwise routine procedure. The hospital won’t tell them claiming privacy rights.

Question 5. What, exactly, does a natural death mean now-a-days? The Coalition for Compassion and Care is promoting palliative care only. This is obtained in most cases through signing of a POLST form - Physician orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. No curative care only a mixture of sedatives to block out pain and suffering from thirst and starvation.

This isn’t a natural death, It is starvation and dehydration. It is the medical promotion of death. It greatly resembles what Children’s hospital was doing with Jahi McMath’s care.

Question 6. Did Children’s Hospital Require the family to complete a POLST form for Jahi? A) perhaps not, I’m waiting to hear, but every hospital is mandated, according to Kaiser hospital personnel, to offer the POLST form to surgery patients.

Final question. Where was the Catholic Church in all of this? Where was the California Catholic Medical Association? Was there no one except the lone lawyer to demand that the parents right to seek help for their child be honored?

Obviously Jahi was not being given the care and respect that all human beings are entitled to as children of God, especially in the teachings of the Catholic faith. Where were the prayer requests during Mass for Jahi’s safety? Where were the Diocesan leaders who could have come forward to urge the hospital to reconsider its utilitarian evaluation of Jahi? All we have is the silence of the California Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the Catholic Church?

The family’s Pastor, Leon McDaniels of the Paradise Baptist Church gathered his congregation together to pray for a medical miracle. They seemed to understand that it would take heavenly intervention to save this child.

What a wonderful teaching moment it would have been if on that early cold grey morning of January 7th, a Catholic priest and or doctor had walked beside that gurney carrying Jahi to a safe haven?

-Camille
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Take away God, all respect for civil laws, all regard for even the most necessary institutions disappears; justice is scouted; the very liberty that belongs to the law of nature is trodden underfoot; and men go so far as to destroy the very structure of the family, which is the first and firmest foundation of the social structure.
- St. Pius X, Jucunda Sane, March 12, 1904