(Fox News) A California judge has ordered that a 13-year-old Northern California girl is to be taken off life support after being declared brain dead as a result of complications following a tonsillectomy.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo issued the order Tuesday but gave Jahi McMath's family until 5 p.m. Dec. 30 to file an appeal. She will stay on life support until then.
Grillo issued the order after a Stanford doctor testified that Jahi is brain dead. Dr. Paul Graham Fisher's evaluation was the second to reach that conclusion.
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McMath's family, who has said it believes she is still alive, wants to keep her connected to a breathing machine.