A religious exemption…from death.

I have a new piece at The Daily Beast that looks at the case of Jahi McMath, a young girl from California who was declared brain dead by an Oakland hospital after an extensive tonsillectomy. McMath’s family contested the declaration and ultimately moved the child to New Jersey, a state which allows exemptions from brain death for those kept on physiological support. It’s a heartbreaking and fascinating case and one that I write about in The Good Death. It’s also a chilling lesson on the conflicts that can arise between patients, hospitals and faith. You can read the article here.

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