McMath, 13, suffered brain damage during surgery Dec. 9 to remove her tonsils, adenoids and uvula at Children’s Hospital Oakland.
Doctors pronounced her “brain dead” and recommended removing her from vital life support equipment. But her parents protested and won a court order to keep her on a ventilator.
The family believes a chance exists she could recover as long as her heart is beating. Three neurologists assert Jahi is unable to breathe on her own and has no blood flow to her brain, which shows no sign of electrical activity, according to The Los Angeles Times.
The Alameda County Coroner has already issued a death certificate, establishing the date of death as Dec 13. But Jahi continues to exist on life support in a private facility.
Family lawyer Christopher Dolan told the San Jose Mercury News that Jahi’s body, separately from her brain, is failing. “Right now, we don’t know if she’s going to make it,” he said.
Pinksy has a show on the HLN Network, which is an off-shoot of the Cable News Network (CNN). He sparked a heated debate last night (Jan. 9) be categorically declaring the girl to be dead.
“Doctors declare people dead,” Pinsky said. “That’s what we do all through our career. Has anybody heard of anyone coming back from death?”
“If anyone wants to make a case that someone came back from the dead 2,000 years ago, ok, that’s a case that can be made. But since then, no one has come back from the dead,” Pinsky claimed.
While no one has ever come back from the dead, in fact, there are multiple cases of people recovering after being declared “brain dead.”
In 2010, for example, Karen Arbogast of Houston, Texas, was injured in a car accident and pronounced brain dead by doctors.
Her organs were about to be harvested for donation when she moved and doctors discovered brain activity, according to local news reports.
Determining brain death is an inexact science, according to author Dick Teresi, whose book, “The Undead,” examined the bio-ethics of brain death. Teresi asserts that brain death is easily misdiagnosed.
Pinksy likely was just basing his opinion on the findings of doctors in the case, but without personally examining the patient his categorical pronouncement is arrogant at best.
Although Pinsky has a full boat of medical credentials, he has been blasted by experts in the past for offering professional medical opinions about celebrities he never met or personally examined.
Pinsky has also been criticized for accepting hefty six-figure fees from drug and medical device companies. During a 2012 criminal prosecution of GlaxoSmithKline for healthcare fraud, it was revealed that Pinsky accepted $275,000 to promote a Galaxo antidepressant.
He parroted Galaxo’s claim that the drug would not suppress sex drive even though there was no medical evidence approved by the FDA to support the statement, according to celebrity health site Celebrity Health & Fitness.
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