Family And Lawyer Of Jahi McMath Receiving Threatening E-Mails
As if they aren’t going through enough already as is, the family of the teen girl who ended up on life support and has since been declared brain dead after being admitted to the hospital for a tonsil surgery have reportedly been receiving threatening e-mails, with their lawyer repeatedly being told to “pull the plug.”
via L.A. Times
The family of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl declared brain dead at an Oakland hospital last month due to complications suffered after surgery, will not disclose where she was transferred due to “real concerns” about her safety.
Jahi’s body was released Sunday by the hospital to the Alameda County coroner’s office, which in turn released the body to her mother “as per court order,” hospital officials said.
At a news conference Sunday, the family’s attorney, Christopher Dolan, said hundreds of threatening emails have been received during the public drama that played out for weeks in court and on the steps of Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, which had been ordered by a judge to keep the girl on a ventilator.
Dolan said people have told him he was unethical for representing the family, should be killed and that “somebody should just come down there and pull that plug.”
Jahi suffered heavy bleeding, cardiac arrest and “whole brain death” — defined as an irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem — on Dec. 12, three days after complex tonsillectomy surgery.
Dolan said the family’s fight to keep her on a ventilator “is not a political campaign,” despite the criticism they have received.
“This was a person. This is a person. This is a family,” he said. “If it is unethical to give someone hope, then what are we going to do? Shut down the churches, the schools?”
The Alameda County coroner’s office issued a death certificate Friday, listing Dec. 12 as Jahi’s date of death, although an official cause was not listed pending an autopsy.
People are entitled to their own opinions, but what is the purpose of threatening the life of the lawyer or the family? How could their decision to fight for her life possibly be affecting anyone outside of the situation to the point where they would need to make threats? SMH.