Two years ago, Jahi McMath was declared brain dead, after undergoing tonsil sugery. But now, McMath’s family say the teen is “healthy and beautiful as ever” and is “proving naysayers wrong”.
McMath’s family left California after the state declared her dead, and moved to NJ because the state allow people who object to brain death declarations on religious grounds.
The family is currently seeking to have her death certificate revoked. If she’s declared alive, it would allow the family to be able to move back to California, as well as requiring insurance companies to cover the cost of her medical care.
Fox 29 reports that in an earlier Facebook update, Jahi’s mother, Nailah Winkfield, thanked people who shared opinions about the case. “Hopefully my daughter can change some of the ways brain death is viewed in today’s society,” she wrote. “Honestly, I think she already has.”