2nd opinion ordered for teen declared brain dead

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A California judge has ordered a second medical evaluation to determine whether a girl on life support following tonsil surgery is brain dead.

The order by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillio calls for 13-year-old Jahi McMath to be examined by Paul Graham Fisher, the chief of child neurology at Stanford University School of Medicine. The examination is expected to occur later Monday.

Doctors at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, where Jahi is on life support, have concluded she is brain dead. But Jahi’s family disputes that.

They also want a third evaluation by Paul Byrne, a pediatric professor at the University of Toledo.

The judge is expected to take that request up at a hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

Jahi’s family says the girl bled profusely after a routine tonsillectomy and then went into cardiac arrest before being declared brain dead on Dec. 12.

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