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Jahi McMath's family fights to void her death certificate

Jahi McMath’s family isn’t giving up her their legal fight to void the teen’s death certificate.

The California teen was pronounced brain-dead two years ago, after complications arose during tonsil surgery to cure her sleep apnea — leaving the teen suffering from cardiac arrest and brain swelling.

Hospital officials wished to take the girl off life support, and a judge agreed. But before that occurred, her mother, Nailah Winkfield, arranged for the girl’s transfer to a facility in New Jersey, which features an exemption to brain death.

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Jahi McMath was declared brain-dead in December 2013, after suffering complications from surgery.Uncredited/AP

Jahi McMath was declared brain-dead in December 2013, after suffering complications from surgery.

McMath, now 15, remains in New Jersey.

Lawyers for Winkfield filed a lawsuit in federal court asking that the girl be declared alive — and to invalidate the death certificate.

If that happens, insurance companies will be required to pay for her medical treatment, says lawyer Chris Dolan, who represents Jahi’s family. Additionally, the family could care for the teen in their Oakland home.

“I want her to have the same rights as any other disabled kid,” Winkfield said.

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Jahi’s mother says her daughter shows some signs of life, including the twitching of fingers and toes.

Medical experts said those movements could be spasms and reflexes commonly seen in corpses. They say the teen shows hardly any brain activity and is clinically dead.

The family of Jahi McMath is hoping to void the teen's death certificate.facebook

The family of Jahi McMath is hoping to void the teen’s death certificate.

But the mother isn’t losing hope.

“I won’t give up on Jahi, because I’m her mother,” Winkfield said.

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