TODAY   |  January 04, 2014

Mom cleared to move brain-dead teen from hospital

Jahi McMath’s family is claiming victory this morning after a day of emotional court hearings, in which it was ruled that the 13-year-old can now be moved to a long-term care facility. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>>> the family of a 13-year-old girl declared brain dead has a little more hope this morning. a judge on friday ruled the teenager could be moved to another medically facility. that is something her mother has been fighting for saying her daughter is alive and improving. miguel has more.

>> reporter: mcmath family is claiming victory after a day of emotional court hearings on friday. the 14-year-old can be moved to children's hospital oakland where three weeks ago, a team of doctors declared her brain dead after a complex tonsillectomy.

>> this is a very fluid situation. right now, arrangements are being made in what we needed to know is that when all of the balls are in line, that we could move quickly.

>> reporter: with jahi 's family certain their little girl is alive, the eighth grader needs a breathing and feeding tube before she can be place in a locker room care facility . children's hospital said it would be unethical to perform the surgeries on what doctors have declared is a dead body . friday, a judge ruled in the hospital's favor.

>> regarding jahi 's condition and i'm going to deny the request.

>> reporter: the family will need to find their own outside physician.

>> there are doctors who have indicated they are ready to perform the procedures. i will not tell you where and i will not tell you who.

>> it is horrible that this child has died. it's also horrible that it's so difficult for her family to accept that death.

>> reporter: with a court order keeping jahi on a ventilator set to conspire expire on tuesday her family needs to provide a care facility and jahi 's family is receiving help from terri schiavo 's family the woman who was kept on life support for 1 years.

>> there is a team. several people in organizations working together to try to help find a place for jahi to be transferred.

>> reporter: jahi 's story is making headlines around the worl, reigniting the debate over life and death , as time for the 13-year-old on a ventilator runs out. for "today," miguel almaguer, nbc