Next Steps – January 29, 2014

Next Steps


Jahi McMath

jahi The tragic events surrounding Jahi McMath, a 13 year old girl, who was getting her tonsils out, developed complications after surgery and was declared brain-dead on December 12th.

Her parents can’t accept that their daughter is gone because a ventilator is able to keep her heart pumping. Late last night she was removed from the hospital, with her mother accepting full responsibility to whatever happens to Jahi’s body next.

Mimi posted a statement from a facility in New York, connected with the Terri Schiavo case that says it stands ready to accept the girl’s body.

“New Beginnings and the Brendan House are facilities that are about preserving life and treating brain injured patients with care and dignity. We do encourage every citizen to take the time to educate themselves more clearly on the issues of what brain death is and what it is not. This child has been defined as a deceased person yet she has all the functional attributes of a living person despite her brain injury. We encourage every American citizen to learn what their rights as patients truly are especially in dire circumstances.

Angela Clemente & Associates and a skilled team of experts along with Attorney Chris Dolan are handling all aspects of Jahi’s case. Ms. Clemente will notify me later this afternoon about providing an additional statement. Thank you for your concern about this little angel who deserves a chance to be cared for with dignity and respect”

How long the family keeps this girl from resting in peace is unknown. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.

Happy New Year!

Happy New year

May your 2014 year become one of your most favorite years! Don’t sit back and hope it happens. Take action and ensure it happens.

No matter what goals you set for yourself, know what success looks like. We need to make mistakes and mess up to learn the right path. Don’t beat yourself up for mistakes (or George either!).

The key is to keep trying and learning….at least for the first week. (smiles)

Happy New Year and thanks for giving me a chance to get to know you!