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Family of Brain-Dead Teen Might Opt to Take Her Off Life Support

KGO-TV/ABC News(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- After fighting for weeks to a keep a 13-year-old girl who has been declared brain dead on life support, the family of Jahi McMath might take her off the machines that have been keeping her alive.

McMath's uncle Omar Sealey told ABC News that the family would meet to discuss removing her from life support.

"We wanted to talk today.  We didn't want to discuss anything on Christmas," he said Thursday.

McMath was declared brain dead after surgery to remove her tonsils led to complications and cardiac arrest, according to ABC News affiliate KGO-TV in San Francisco.

Her family has fought to keep her on life support even though doctors at Children's Hospital Oakland said she had no chance of recovery and wanted to remove McMath from the machines.

On Tuesday, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo ruled that Children's Hospital Oakland did not have to keep McMath tethered to life support, and that she was brain dead under accepted medical standards.

But the hospital cannot remove her from life support before Dec. 30 at 5 p.m. to allow McMath's family the opportunity to appeal the ruling or make other arraignments.

Grillo made his ruling after an independent neurologist not affiliated with Children's Hospital Oakland found that McMath showed no signs of brain activity and should be declared brain dead.

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