A prayer vigil will be held Wednesday night for a 13-year-old Oakland girl who remains on life support even though she was declared brain dead after she suffered complications following a routine tonsil-removal procedure.
The vigil for Jahi McMath, an eighth-grade student at the E.C. Reems Academy of Technology and Arts in Oakland, will be held at the Paradise Baptist Church at 9704 Empire Road in Oakland from 6 to 7 p.m.
According to Jahi’s uncle, Omari Sealey, Jahi went to Children’s Hospital Oakland on Dec. 9 to have her tonsils removed to cure a sleep apnea problem that made it difficult for her to sleep.
But he said Jahi suffered an “enormous” amount of bleeding after the surgery, which had been expected to be routine, and eventually went into cardiac arrest and was declared brain dead last Thursday.
Sealey said on Monday that the hospital planned to remove Jahi from life support on Tuesday, but her family has since retained an attorney who has delivered a cease-and-desist letter to the hospital demanding that it refrain from removing her from life support.
Dr. David Durand, chief of the hospital’s pediatric department, said in a statement, “Our hearts go out to this patient and her family. Unfortunately, we have not been authorized by the family to share information with the public about this matter.”
Durand said, “Consequently, we are not able to correct misperceptions created about this sad situation. Nonetheless, we want to assure the community that we are doing everything in our capacity to provide support to the grieving family.”
He said, “We have been caring for children in this community for over 100 years and have a longstanding commitment to delivering the highest quality care for all.”