Jahi McMath’s mom says brain-dead teen is ‘not a corpse’

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In her Facebook post, Jahi’s mother insists her daughter has made improvements since leaving the LA hospital.

LOS ANGELES (LATIMES) — The mother of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old Oakland girl who was declared brain-dead after a complicated surgery that involved removing her tonsils, insisted in a Facebook post this week that her daughter has improved physically, but that it continues to be an “unbelievably difficult time” for the family.

Citing alleged death threats, the family has declined to say where they transferred Jahi’s body after she was released by Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland to the county coroner.

Jahi was declared brain-dead Dec. 12 after surgery three days earlier at the hospital to remove her tonsils, adenoids and uvula.

Family members won a court order keeping her on a ventilator, and eventually won permission to transfer her to an undisclosed care facility, despite broad consensus among medical experts that her body will continue to deteriorate.

The Alameda County coroner issued a death certificate without performing an autopsy.

But in a Facebook message posted Wednesday, Jahi’s mother, Nailah Winkfield, wrote that “despite what people say about my daughter being dead and how I must be ignorant not to get that, I can tell you that she is much better physically since she has left Children’s Hospital and I see changes that give me hope.”

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