More on Jahi McMath
The macabre spectacle that is the case of Jahi McMath just keeps getting ridiculouser and ridiculouser. I wrote a summary of the story yesterday, but for a Twitter version, it can be summarized thusly: Jahi is dead. Tragic. Those involved with poking, prodding corpse should be shunned as they prevent family from grieving.
Today, there is additional information about the case, which is getting more vile by the second. Yesterday, I read an interesting article about Christopher Dolan, the attorney for Jahi’s family, and felt a soupçon of understanding for his position in working for the family. This feeling was utterly nuked today when he opened his yap again and stated that Jahi is”improving” now that she is “getting the treatment she should have gotten 28 days ago”.
First, there is NO “treatment” for death. Dolan seems to be slithering right by that understanding, which is hardly surprising since, by his own admission, he knows absolutely nothing about brain death. Second, to state that a deceased person is “improving” is quite possibly the most ignorant thing that has ever been said in the Annals of Ignorance–and as you know, Reader, we see quite a bit of it in the world of anti-vaxxers. Dolan may think that he is advocating for the family, but what he is actually doing is apparently confusing large numbers of people, who do not understand that Jahi is dead. Further, Dolan is executing an even crueler trick. He is preventing a family that needs to properly grieve for a child from doing so.
I have heard people who have lost loved ones wish that they could fast-forward a year, so that they could reach a time when the pain would not be so horribly acute. If Jahi’s family had been able to accept her death, and were not encouraged to perpetuate this circus, then they would already be nearly a month past the death of a child. I am not at all implying that they will ever get over her death–they will not. But a month of grieving is still a month when the healing, however slowly, could have begun.
Those involved in encouraging this magical thinking are nothing short of vermin. And while Dolan claims that he will not be involved an any potential lawsuits against the hospital should they be filed, he sure appears to be trying to set it up for a buddy.