The announcement of Jahi McMath’s diploma came yesterday evening after her uncle, Omari Sealey told that his nieces’ school, E.C Reems Academy of Technology and Arts in Oakland will be presenting the eight grade graduation diploma to a family member.
The school’s graduation ceremony is set for Friday.
The graduation comes as a result of the eighth grader having been expected to graduate this summer prior to undergoing failed tonsil surgery at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland in December.
During that operation, Jahi’s heart stopped before going into cardiac arrest, leading to brain damage. Believing that the girl could not be revived, the hospital declared her brain- dead, having sought to take her of life support. A gesture that was met with outcry by the family who took the matter through the courts to keep her on life support before moving her to a new facility.
At the time the family had insisted that Jahi had responded to her mother, Nailah Winkfield’s voice.
With the awarding of Jahi’s diploma new questions have been asked as to whether the girl has indeed made any improvements or whether the family will relinquish their fight for the girl’s life?
The questions come after Oakland’s Children’s Hospital insisted earlier this year that the girl could not be be rehabilitated.
Reiterated Children’s Hospital Oakland spokesman Sam Singer at the time: ‘This is a deceased young woman,’
‘No amount of food, medicine, medical machinery, time or hope is going to bring back her back.
‘So it’s really wrong and unethical for Mr. Dolan (the family lawyer) to mislead the family and the public that there’s any amount of hope or any food that could possibly bring back this deceased young woman.’
In a recent statement, Omari Sealey provided an update on Jahi McMath’s condition:
‘Jahi is still sleep but physically stable! No pic lines, no catheters, no I.V, she maintains all her vitals on her own, no medicines needed. I am giving her lots of vitamins and fish oil thru her feeding tube.
‘She moves around so much that we have to put pillows around her bed. She responds to pain, cold and touch. She can turn her head from left to right and her ventilator is set to room air so she is not getting any extra oxygen like she was before. ‘
‘Her skin is flawless and she gets a mani and pedi every week done by me (mom) She gets physical therapy three times a week and never has a stiff joint!’
‘All organs are healthy and fully functional! She is such a fighter! Remember she didn’t get any nutrition for 28 days from the other hospital and she recovered from that quickly. Prayer is so powerful!’
Interestingly Jahi’s GoFundMe.com page is active as it continues to seek donations for the girl’s rehabilitation. At present it sits at $61K.