The Mother of Brain Dead Teen, Jahi McMath, Says She has Improved

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Jahi McMath was declared brain dead at Children's Hospital in Oakland, Calif., on Dec. 12, 2013, three days after she underwent a routine tonsillectomy.

Jahi's family fought to keep the eighth-grader on life support even though doctors testified that she was technically dead. Children's Hospital would not treat Jahi and tried to remove her from a ventilator before her family moved her to an undisclosed care facility on Jan. 6.

In an open letter posted to her daughter's Facebook support page last week, Nailah Wakefield wrote, "I can tell you that she is much better physically since she has left Children's Hospital and I see changes that give me hope."

"Thank you to all of the people who view my daughter as the sweet, innocent, 13 year old girl that she is and not a dead body or a corpse...I know people are concerned and I want to make sure you know that Jahi is not suffering ... I will never let her suffer." Winkfield said.

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