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2nd opinion ordered for teen declared brain dead

Monday - 12/23/2013, 2:57pm  ET

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the McMath family and Omari Sealey shows Jahi McMath. McMath remains on life support at Children's Hospital Oakland nearly a week after doctors declared her brain dead, following a supposedly routine tonsillectomy. Her family was expected to appear with hospital officials in court Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 to announce the name of the independent physician they have chosen to provide a second opinion on the girl's condition. (AP Photo/Courtesy of McMath Family and Omari Sealey, File)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A California judge has ordered a second medical evaluation to determine whether a girl on life support following tonsil surgery is brain dead.

The order by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillio calls for 13-year-old Jahi McMath to be examined by Paul Graham Fisher, the chief of child neurology at Stanford University School of Medicine. The examination is expected to occur later Monday.

Doctors at Children's Hospital in Oakland, where Jahi is on life support, have concluded she is brain dead. But Jahi's family disputes that.

They also want a third evaluation by Paul Byrne, a pediatric professor at the University of Toledo.

The judge is expected to take that request up at a hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

Jahi's family says the girl bled profusely after a routine tonsillectomy and then went into cardiac arrest before being declared brain dead on Dec. 12.


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