Family of Terri Schiavo Joins Struggle Over Jahi McMath

Veterans of right-to-life fight are working on behalf of 13-year-old girl declared brain dead

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    Graphic shows Terri Schiavo at left, Jahi McMath at right.

    The family at the center of one of the country's most sensational right-to-life fights is taking a stand in the saga over 13-year-old Jahi McMath.

    And Terri Schiavo's kin are on the McMath family's side.

    Jahi has been declared brain dead by her doctors following complications from tonsil surgery last month.

    RAW VIDEO: Dr. Paul Byrne Says Jahi McMath "is Not Truly Dead"

    [BAY] RAW VIDEO: Dr. Paul Byrne Says Jahi McMath "is Not Truly Dead"
    Dr. Paul Byrne of Ohio spoke to NBC Bay Area exclusively on Dec. 27 about how he believes Jahi McMath of Oakland is not truly dead. Byrne is a Catholic doctor who has been solicited by the family of Jahi to convince others that as long as her heart is beating, the 13-year-old girl is still alive, despite the fact that three doctors have declared her dead. At the time of the interview, he had not seen Jahi in person.

    Children's Hospital in Oakland, which performed the procedure, say she is dead and not coming back; her family wants to keep her on life support, saying she responds to her mother's touch.

    According to the New York Daily News
    , the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network has been "working behind the scenes" to keep Jahi alive.

    Terri Schiavo was on life support for 15 years until her husband won a court fight -- against his wife's family -- to have her disconnected from the life-sustaining machines at a Florida hospital.

    "Burning Up the Phones" to Find Center for Jahi McMath

    [BAY] "Burning Up the Phones" to Find Center for Jahi McMath
    The lawyer for the family of a 13-year-old girl declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy verbally sparred Wednesday with the hospital where she is on life support on what was otherwise a quiet New Year's Day after weeks of praying, wrangling and weeping over Jahi McMath. NBC Bay Area's Cheryl Hurd has a Jahi McMath update, including about a group of people who has been helping the family behind the scenes.

    Christopher Dolan, the San Francisco-based attorney representing Jahi's family, says that brain injury centers have agreed to accept the child as a patient if the Oakland hospital would agree to a tracheostomy -- but so far, the hospital has "stonewalled" him, the newspaper reported.

    Meanwhile, a spokesman for the hospital accused Dolan of "perpetuating a sad hoax" that Jahi could return to life.