Jahi McMath, the adolescent girl who was declared brain-dead following a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, is moving on command, the Associated Press reports.
Last Thursday, as stated by Chris Dolan, the family’s attorney, doctors at the nonprofit International Brain Research Foundation discovered brain function after running a series of tests on the 13-year-old at Rutgers University. Dolan also released videos of McMath moving her foot after her mother Nailah Winkfield instructed her to do so.
Philip DeFina, chief executive and chief scientific officer of the International Brain Research Foundation, said McMath has responded to commands several other times. As a result, the family is pushing for a reversal in the court order that determined McMath brain dead.
Lawyers for the University of California, San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital, where McMath was declared brain-dead, remain adamant the 13-year-old is legally dead.
“This is a sad situation where the court made the correct determination that Jahi McMath was dead,” hospital attorney Douglas Strauss stated in court papers. “There is no factual basis or legal justification for requiring those involved to endure re-litigation of that properly reached determination.”
McMath as well as her parents currently reside in New Jersey, as McMath remains on life support.
The court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 9.
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