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Mom Says Jahi McMath ‘Is Still Alive and Beautiful as Ever’

Facebook/Keep Jahi Mcmath on Life Support
Facebook/Keep Jahi Mcmath on Life Support

An Oakland, Calif., teen who was declared brain-dead by doctors in December 2013 "is still alive and just as beautiful as ever," her mother wrote in a recent Facebook post.


The mom, Nailah Winkfield, gave an update about her daughter, Jahi McMath, on Wednesday, saying that she was moving more on her mother's command.

"Hello everyone," Winkfield wrote in a post on the Keep Jahi Mcmath on Life Support Facebook page. "As requested here is the latest pic of Jahi. Our little sleeping beauty is doing great and progressing. She is moving more on her mothers command. As you can see she is still alive and just as beautiful as ever. Flawless skin! She will be 15 in a few days."


In a message posted on Friday, Winkfield included an updated image of her daughter with braids for her 15th birthday the next day.

Jahi was declared legally dead Dec. 12, 2013, following complications from a tonsillectomy. Although multiple experts confirmed that nothing more could be done for the girl, her family moved her to an undisclosed facility that agreed to continue treating her.

Chris Dolan, the family’s attorney, filed papers last year arguing that medical experts, including world-class experts on brain death, said that she is not  brain-dead.

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