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Oakland girl's family spending holiday at hospital

  • Dede Logan, of Oakland, adds red stars to a poster in support of Jahi McMath in front of Children's Hospital Oakland in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. McMath was declared brain dead after experiencing complications following a tonsillectomy at the hospital. (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times-Bay Area News Group, Susan Tripp Pollard)

OAKLAND — The family of a 13-year-old Northern California girl declared brain dead after suffering complications following a tonsillectomy was trying to give the girl as normal of a Christmas as possible, with a tree and presents in her hospital room, her uncle said.

The family of Jahi McMath will wait until Thursday to discuss a possible appeal of a judge's decision allowing a hospital to remove her from life support, said Omari Sealey, the girl's uncle.

They planned to spend Christmas Day at Children's Hospital Oakland and had set up a Christmas tree in Jahi's room with presents for her and her siblings. The family normally gathers at Jahi's grandmother's house, where they share food and play dominos and cards, Sealey said.

"We're going to discuss our opportunities tomorrow. Today we are going to keep as regular as possible," Sealey said.

"We still got five days for a miracle. We are still hopeful."


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