Brain-Dead Teen to Receive Honorary Diploma

Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old who became the center of a national debate on the right to life after she was left brain-dead from a tonsil surgery, will receive an honorary diploma from E.C. Reems Academy of Technology and Arts in Oakland, Calif. 

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At the beginning of 2014, Jahi McMath's family was fighting the court system and a hospital to get the 13-year-old, who had been declared brain-dead after suffering complications from tonsil surgery, moved to another facility that would still allow for her to be cared for. Now the Associated Press reports that on Friday the eighth-grader will receive an honorary diploma from E.C. Reems Academy of Technology and Arts in Oakland, Calif. AP reports that the diploma will be given to a family member during the school's graduation.

Jahi was on course to graduate before she underwent surgery to help with sleep apnea at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland in December. AP reports that after the surgery, Jahi went into cardiac arrest and was later declared brain-dead. She became the center of a national debate as her family refused to take her off life support. Her family would eventually win a court order allowing her to be transported to another facility. 

Jahi's uncle, Omari Sealey, told AP that his niece is "doing well."

Read more at the Associated Press.