H-NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Dec 29, 2013 4:28 PM by Associated Press

Time short to find new facility for Jahi McMath

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The family of a California girl declared brain dead after complications from tonsil surgery is running out of time to find a new facility to take her in and keep her on a ventilator.

A judge's ruling will allow Children's Hospital Oakland to remove 13-year-old Jahi McMath from life support at 5 p.m. Monday unless her family appeals.

The family is now pinning its hopes on a New York facility after two California care homes withdrew offers to accept the teen.

The family's attorney said Saturday he was waiting to hear from the New York hospital after its facility director and medical director speak.

Hospital spokesman Sam Singer said Sunday it will facilitate a transfer if the family finds an outside physician to insert breathing and feeding tubes.

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