OAKLAND (AP) — The family of a girl who was declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy wants to transfer her to a nursing home that is willing to keep caring for her even though doctors have said she is beyond recovery, a lawyer said Thursday.
Before the nursing home can accept the 13-year-old as a patient, however, doctors at Children’s Hospital Oakland need to surgically insert breathing and feeding tubes into Jahi McMath that would allow the new facility to keep her body functioning, the lawyer, Christopher Dolan, told The Associated Press.
David Durand, the hospital’s chief of pediatrics, said the hospital would not cooperate with Jahi’s transfer to another facility. The judge did not authorize or order any transfer or surgery, Durand said in a statement released Thursday evening.
“Children’s Hospital Oakland does not believe that performing surgical procedures on the body of a deceased person is an appropriate medical practice,” he said.
I might tend in the the direction of the docs here, but for this:
Dad rescues ‘brain dead’ son from doctors wishing to harvest his organs – boy recovers completely | LifeSiteNews.com
There seem to be more than a few stories like this. I wonder if there is some way to leave a will or other sort of legally binding instructions to cover situations like these?