Jahi McMath: Brain Death Cases Similar to Oakland Teen Found Throughout State / Is it Really ‘Brain Death’?

Christopher Dolan, attorney for Jahi McMath’s family, shows an MRI of the 13-year-old Oakland girl during a press conference at Dolan Law Firm in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. Dolan showed photos and a pair of videos where McMath moves her foot and arm in response to the voice of her mother, Nailah Winkfield, in a home in New Jersey. She was declared brain-dead in California after tonsil, throat and nose surgeries to relieve her sleep apnea. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) Related Stories · May 23: California toddler, declared brain-dead, moved out of country May 17: Walnut Creek hospital mistakenly diagnoses woman brain-dead · Dec 23: Jahi McMath: Attorney files another lawsuit on behalf of family Jahi McMath: Family sues in federal court to have brain-dead girl declared alive Oct 23: Judge: Jahi McMath’s family can present evidence that she is alive Jul 29: Exclusive: Jahi McMath’s mother speaks on legal battle over brain death Mar 3: Jahi McMath: Suit filed against Children’s Hospital Oakland Jahi McMath: Oakland girl’s family sues hospital, surgeon Jahi McMath lawsuit: Timeline of events at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland SAN FRANCISCO — Attorney Chris Dolan got a familiar phone call this past month. It was from a Vacaville family who said their 2-year-old son was declared brain-dead. They planned to fight the diagnosis and wanted the San Francisco lawyer’s help. Since taking on the case of Jahi McMath, an Oakland teen declared brain-dead in 2013 following complications from tonsil surgery, Dolan has became an unlikely leader in a growing resistance to the medical establishment’s long-standing determination that the loss...