Family Of Oakland Girl Declared Brain Dead After Tonsillectomy Spending Holiday At Hospital

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The uncle of a 13-year-old Northern California girl declared brain dead after suffering complications following a tonsillectomy says the family is trying to give the girl as normal of a Christmas as possible.

Omari Sealey says the family will wait until Thursday to discuss whether to appeal a judge’s decision allowing Children’s Hospital Oakland to remove his niece Jahi McMath from life support.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo issued the ruling Tuesday but gave the family until 5 p.m. on Dec. 30 to file an appeal. Jahi’s family has said they believe the girl is still alive.

Sealey says the family plans to spend Christmas Day at the hospital. They’ve set up a Christmas tree in Jahi’s room with presents for her and her siblings.

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