New statement, allegations raise more questions about true condition of Jahi McMath
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New statement, allegations raise more questions about true condition of Jahi McMath

Colorado Springs : CO : USA | Jan 09, 2014 at 4:23 AM PST
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Christopher Dolan, the attorney of the family of 13-year-old Jahi McMath, speaks with the media outside the Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, California

The latest statement issued by the attorney representing Jahi McMath and her family has raised new questions concerning the true condition of the 13-year-old girl.

Family attorney Christopher Dolan issued a statement Wednesday evening saying that Jahi has been given breathing and feeding tubes and that her condition is now improving. This new purported development is in direct contradiction of an affidavit reportedly filed with the courts on behalf of Children's Hospital in Oakland, Calif. The sworn statement dated Jan. 7, 2014, was given by Children's Hospital staff pediatric physician Dr. Heidi Flori.

The statement was given to the court to support the hospital's opposition to a petition filed by Jahi's mother, Latasha Winkfield, to compel it to perform a tracheotomy and insert a feeding tube. The affidavit, which refers to Jahi as “the body,” outlines in graphic detail the physical condition of her body at the time it was filed. To view a copy of the affidavit click here.

In addition to the court filing, all of the doctors who examined the teen also agree that she is beyond the help of medical science and she will never wake up.

This new information comes after Dolan had previously said that Jahi's condition had deteriorated to the point that they were not sure if she was going to survive. This was despite the fact that the coroner had already issued her death certificate prior to Dolan's statement. Dolan also alleged in his new statement that Jahi is now being given the life-saving treatment that was withheld from her by Children's Hospital.

“She is doing very well and getting the treatment she should have gotten 28 days ago,” said Dolan, according to the San Jose Mercury News. “Doctors are optimistic that her condition has stabilized and that her health is improving from when she was taken from Children's Hospital Oakland.”

Jahi was moved from the hospital Sunday and taken to an undisclosed location.

Analysis and opinion

There is something definitely wrong here. How can the condition of someone who has been declared dead improve? Someone is not telling the truth concerning this matter.

Here are a few possibilities:

  1. The story attributing these statements to Dolan is grossly inaccurate or completely fabricated. (The San Jose Mercury News appears to be a reputable news source.)
  2. The hospital staff, along with Dr. Flori as well as the other examining physicians, is severely incompetent or outright lying.
  3. The statements given by Dolan are true or Dolan and/or this family along with the doctors purportedly now caring for Jahi have completely lost touch with reality or he is outright lying.

This is yet another sad and confusing addition to an already muddled situation. What began as a tragic incident warranting concern, sympathy and compassion is now rapidly turning into a circus of speculation and criticism. It would be very dismaying to find out that an institution like Children's Hospital could make such a misdiagnosis or, much worse, engage in untoward activities. It would be equally disheartening to find out that the plight of an innocent young girl is being exploited in some twisted ploy for material gain.

Although the news media has made mistakes in reporting in the past, this would certainly be a very large mistake. However, when viewing the other two possibilities, I hope that this is one time the media got it wrong.

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tjlarson is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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