Brain Death and the Controversial Case of Jahi McMath Our deepest sympathies go to the McMath family. July 5, 2018 Photograph by Doug DuBois for The New Yorker Our deepest sympathies go to the McMath family. Additional coverage on the controversial case can be found below. Harvard Annual Bioethics Conference Public Bioethics Forum on Brain Death video. Center Director Robert Truog in JAMA, Tech Times.