OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) -- Tensions rose Wednesday as a Children’s Hospital spokesman accused the attorney for Jahi McMath's family of carrying on a hoax about the reality of her ability to be brought back to life.
Children’s Hospital Spokesman Sam Singer said Christopher Dolan, the family’s attorney, has created a problem he can’t solve.
“The family attorney is perpetuating a very tragic hoax on the public as well as misleading the family,” Singer said. “Jahi McMath is deceased.”
Singer said Dolan has yet to produce a physician or a facility that is willing to take a deceased body.
The comments are frustrating for Jahi’s family, specifically her uncle Omari Sealy. Sealy came to the defense of Dolan.
“Let’s be very clear,” Sealy said. “He is only doing what we are asking him to do.”
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Sealy said the family has made progress. He said they have secured an ambulance and a plane to transport Jahi, but would not say where the facility is located. He believes the circumstances would be different if Jahi were an organ donor.
“If she was an organ donor they would do absolutely everything to make sure she was in the best health possible,” Sealy said.
A judge has ruled no surgeries can be performed on the 13-year-old.
The girl was declared brain dead by three doctors following tonsil surgery nearly a month ago. Children's Hospital is required to keep Jahi on a ventilator until January 7th.
“No amount of time, no amount of surgery and no amount of hope will bring her back,” Singer added. “We hope the family finds peace in 2014 and is able to move forward.”
Singer said a miracle won't come, but that won't stop Jahi's family from patiently waiting for one.
"She still looks good. She still looks like Jahi. That keeps us going," Sealy added.