A family who have been fighting to keep their daughter alive on life support after she was declared brain dead two years ago insist she is ‘as healthy and beautiful as ever’.
Jahi McMath’s parents shared a new photo of their 15-year-old daughter on Friday, their first update in three months after winning an injunction to keep their daughter alive.
Jahi from Oakland, California, was undergoing routine surgery when she suffered a cardiac arrest and was placed on life support.
Three doctors then agreed she was legally dead and applied to turn off her life support machine.
But her family refused to accept the prognosis and eventually won an injunction preventing the hospital from switching off the ventilator, and transferred the teen to an undisclosed facility in New Jersey willing to keep her alive.
Her mother Nailah Winkfield, has regularly posted pictures on Facebook showing her daughter’s condition.
And in the first public update in over three months, today Mrs Winkfield posted a picture of her daughter saying she is constantly changing.
She wrote underneath the image: ‘Jahi as healthy and beautiful as ever, proving the naysayers wrong.
‘A fighter, a warrior, a blessed child, Gods got your back little girl, keep fighting.’ (sic).
She also thanked everybody who had supported her campaign as she tries to get Jahi moved to another medical facility.
She added: ‘Your testimony will be a great one. Prayers going up from many, all the prayers, good wishes combined with your mothers love for you which is pure and soothing will definitely keep you going. Stay blessed everyone and thank you for your prayers and love.’
Jahi’s case attracted national attention when doctors fought her family in court in a bid to remove her life support.
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