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Israel Stinson, Still Dead, Transferred from California to Cuba

Like Jahi McMath in early 2014, Israel Stinson has been transferred from a California hospital, despite having been determined dead.

On May 23, the family withdrew as moot their emergency motion for an injunction from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  

That motion is moot, because on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 5:30 a.m. “an air transport team consisting of a registered nurse and a respiratory therapist, as well as a ground transport team, prepared Israel for transport with the assistance of Kaiser’s medical team.”

“At approximately 7:30 a.m., Israel was transported by ambulance to McClellan Airport in  Sacramento. From there, Israel and his parents were transported by air ambulance to a hospital where he has been admitted as a patient.”

The family reports that he was transferred “out of the United States.”  They further report that a neurologist and pediatric specialist at the new hospital have concluded that [Israel] is NOT brain dead.” 

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