I’m deeply honored to have been chosen to be one among BlogHer2015’s Voices of the Year, an honor from SheKnows Media meant to celebrate outstanding creators who have pushed readers to think more, feel more, share more, laugh more, and do more. MyBrownBaby was chosen for the deeply moving post, “Meditation On Jahi McMath, Brain Death, Compassion and a Black Mother’s Love,” about a young teenage girl who was declared dead by hospital officials after routine tonsil surgery, setting off a highly-publicized battle between doctors and the girl’s mother, who insisted that her daughter was still alive. A year and a half after being declared dead, Jahi is at an undisclosed location, still in a coma, but alive without help of a ventilator. Her family recently filed a lawsuit against the hospital, claiming emotional distress and medical negligence they say significantly deteriorated Jahi’s quality of life.
My piece argues that no matter the outcome, Jahi’s mother didn’t deserve the ridicule and callous treatment she received for making the decisions she made on behalf of her baby. Press play and listen to me read it aloud at the BlogHer15 Voices of the Year ceremony.
God bless Jahi. God bless her mom.
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