(NEWSER) – Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl declared brain-dead not long after having her tonsils removed in December, has been kept on feeding and breathing support at Saint Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. Now the Oakland, Calif., girl's family says Jahi is once again showing brain activity, and they're asking a Bay Area court to walk back its declaration that she is dead, reports the San Jose Mercury News.
The newspaper notes that were this to happen, it would mark the first time an individual declared brain-dead was found to regain brain activity. One prominent physician says such a reversal would be miraculous and "would force us to re-examine the whole nature of death in America." Then he added, "But I don't believe it."