I realize, it is a strange question. It makes for an odd title to a blog post. Have you ever heard of dead people having their period, I mean.
If you were to answer the question, then of course you would say no. No one has ever heard of dead people having their period.
Then why is it that a girl named Jahi McMath, who was declared dead three years ago is one of those people having their period?
Back on December 9, 2013, 13-year-old Jahi McMath was admitted to a children’s hospital in Oakland for a tonsillectomy. Everyone hoped the surgery would aid Jahi in overcoming sleep apnea. Her mother, Latasha “Nailah” Winkfield says her daughter was alert and requested a lollipop following the surgery.
Yet, later that day Jahi suffered massive bleeding and even cardiac arrest. The hospital claimed the loss of blood caused Jahi to suffered ‘whole brain death.’ On December 12, 2013, the doctors at Children’s Hospital Oakland declared Jahi ‘brain dead.’ They informed her family of their intentions to withdraw life support, since their little girl was “dead.”
Jahi’s family refused to allow the hospital to withdraw the medical intervention. They believed their girl was still alive and requested another doctor check Jahi. The family had to go so far as to file legal action to prevent the hospital from killing Jahi.
THE LEGAL BATTLE
The Jahi McMath case has been in and out of the courts ever since. On December 24, 2013, a judge ruled Jahi “dead,” based on the testimony of a doctor in court as to what he deemed “brain death.” The family appealed the decision, wanting the hospital to allow them to find other arrangements for Jahi’s care.
On January 3, 2014, the local coroner’s office issued a death certificate for Jahi McMath. The death certificate listed December 12, 2013 as the date of death and left the cause blank, pending a medical examination. On January 5, 2014, the hospital released Jahi to the Coroner’s office, who in turn released her to her family.
The family was able to find a Catholic hospital in New Jersey to admit Jahi. The laws in New Jersey are more accommodating. She stayed in the New Jersey hospital until August 2014, when the family moved Jahi to their home in New Jersey.
In October 2014, the family’s attorney held a press conference stating they had tests done proving Jahi was still alive. In March 2015, the family filed a medical malpractice suit against Children’s Hospital Oakland and the surgeon who did her surgery. That case is still ongoing.
At one point the family’s attorney filed a petition to have Jahi’s death certificate reversed. I did read somewhere they withdrew that request later, but I am still trying to confirm that. Needless to the say, the legal battle continues.
PROOF SHE REMAINS ALIVE
Jahi’s family has released video evidence that Jahi remains alive. She has shown she can move when audibly prompted. Dr. Alan Shewmom, a retired neurologist and long-time critic of so-called ‘brain death,’ has examined the evidence and believes she remains alive. Lo and behold, at the age of 14 Jahi even joined the people having their period, according to her mother.
Now, either Jahi McMath resurrected from the dead years after her “death” and starting having periods. Or else she was never dead in the first place! Because I am pretty sure, just like you are that there are no dead people having their period.
HUGE REPERCUSSIONS ARE AT STAKE
Just sit back and think about the consequences of this case. If, on the one hand, the courts never do reverse the death certificate, what does that say? It says that the legal system cares not whether someone is alive, they can still be denied legal recognition and protection. (This reminds you of the plight of the unborn, doesn’t it?) It would mean the legal system is inherently unjust, because it does not grant justice to all who deserve it. It will mean that hospitals are permitted to continue to declare a death sentence to individuals who they deem “brain dead.”
On the other hand, think through the consequences if the legal system decides to reverse Jahi McMath’s death certificate. For one, it will expose “total brain failure” as a fundamentally flawed diagnosis. It will rock the study of neurology, calling into question their quick diagnoses for brain death. For, either Jahi proves the brain needs time to heal, or else she proves dead people come back to life.
As well, a death certificate reversal ruling would undermine the organ donation industry. As it is, we are ripping vital organs out of living human beings, and thereby causing their deaths. As noble as it is to want to preserve the life of an organ recipient, the moral principle applies that says we cannot do evil so that good may come from it. As Jahi McMath proves, “brain death” remains a scam created to grow the organ donation industry.
Philosophically speaking, death occurs when the soul leaves the body. So long as the body remains animated, death has not occurred. Thus, in the end, the “brain death” diagnosis needs to be eliminated altogether.
What do you think about the Jahi McMath case?
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