Despite the debate on whether 13-year-old Jahi McMath should continue to be on life support after being declared brain dead by three physicians, McMath’s mother Nailah Winkfield isn’t giving up hope just yet.
Over two months since McMath’s tragic story gained national attention, Winkfield has penned a letter to the family’s supporters on Facebook, arguing that her daughter is “much better” since being relocated to an undisclosed facility outside of Children’s Hospital Oakland where she is kept on a ventilator.
“Despite what people say about my daughter being dead and how I must be ignorant not to get that, I can tell you that she is much better physically since she has left Children's Hospital,” she wrote. “I see changes that give me hope.”
McMath’s heart and lungs are still working, which has given her parents hope that she will recover. The teen had underwent tonsil surgery before going into cardiac arrest and later being declared brain dead. Becoming a local and national headline when the family underwent a legal battle to stop the hospital from taking her off life support, supporters donated thousands of dollars for the family to transport Jahi to another hospital.
In her letter, Winkfield thanked the members of the public for their support and prayers.
“It is because of you that my daughter's experience is so relevant and that people all over the world know who Jahi Mcmath is,” she wrote. “What you may not know is that her name, Jahi, means one who is known by many. Hopefully my daughter can change some of the ways brain death is viewed in today's society.
“Honestly, I think she already has.”