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Family of Calif. teen declared brain dead arranging 2nd opinion on condition

Nailah Winkfield, mother of 13-year-old Jahi McMath, cries before a courtroom hearing regarding McMath, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. McMath remains on life support at Children's Hospital Oakland nearly a week after doctors declared her brain dead, following a supposedly routine tonsillectomy. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
December 22, 2013 - 10:33 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. - The family of a Northern California girl on life support after being declared brain dead was expected to appear with hospital officials in court Monday to announce the name of the independent physician they have chosen to provide a second opinion on the girl's condition.

Jahi McMath's family obtained an order Friday from Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo to keep doctors at Children's Hospital Oakland from removing Jahi from a ventilator.

Grillo ordered the family to meet with doctors Monday to select a neurologist to evaluate the teen.

In its court memorandum, the hospital said it has no duty to maintain life support because Jahi's condition is irreversible.

The family says the girl bled profusely after a routine tonsillectomy. She then went into cardiac arrest before being declared brain dead Dec. 12.

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