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MD Caring for Jahi says Alive!

The doctor currently caring for Jahi McMath has signed a declaration under penalty of perjury that she is alive. From the San Francisco Chronicle story:

Dr. Alieta Eck, Jahi’s current doctor, has made a declaration in the suit claiming that after months of caring for Jahi, she believes the teen is alive.

“While Jahi McMath has suffered a serious, and significant brain injury, and exhibits the presentation of one who has suffered serious brain trauma, and exhibits signs and characteristics of serious brain damage, Jahi McMath is not dead,” Eck stated. “She exhibits signs of brain function.”

Jahi has entered puberty, developing breasts and underarm hair and starting her period. Puberty can only happen when the hypothalamus, which is part of the brain, releases hormones. Jahi’s hypothalamus is still working, Eck said, which means she still has some brain function.

Jahi’s case can no longer be dismissed as wishful thinking! This case must be reopened. 

If a doctor who cares for her now says she’s alive–and so does a prominent neurologist–we can’t ignore it because earlier doctors said she wasn’t.

There must be a complete and open reexamination by prominent physicians not wedded to either the status quo determination or finding that she lives. The personal, scientific, and legal stakes are just too high for anything less.

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