Judge Rules to Extend Time Brain Dead 13-Year-Old Will Be Kept on Life Support

Family looking for a facility not trying to pull the plug


The family of a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead rejoiced Monday after a superior court judge extended a deadline to keep the teen on a ventilator as her family attempts to move her to a new facility.

The order, issued by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo, nullifies a previous ruling that would have enabled doctor's at Oakland Children's Hospital to take Jahi McMath off life support at 5 p.m. Pacific Time Monday and requires that she be kept on the ventilator until at least 5 p.m. Pacific Time January 7.