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Dec 30, 2013 7:27 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Family of girl on life support plans to sue


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The family of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy says they will sue to keep her on life support.

Omari Sealey, the uncle of Jahi McMath, disclosed the plan on Monday to seek a restraining order against the hospital where the girl is on a breathing machine.

Under an order issued on Dec. 24 by a state judge, Jahi could be removed from a ventilator at Children's Hospital of Oakland at 5 p.m. PST.

The family wants to stop the hospital from removing Jahi from the ventilator, saying there is hope for recovery.

The teen suffered cardiac arrest after bleeding profusely following her operation earlier this month.

The hospital has declined to comment on its possible actions.

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