Girl Is Brain Dead After Surgery To Remove Tonsils. UPDATE: Family FIGHTS to Keep Daughter on Life Support...
OAKLAND, Calif. (CBS Sacramento/AP) — A 13-year-old Northern California girl is brain dead after going into surgery to remove her tonsils.
KGO-TV reported Sunday that Jahi McMath’s family is demanding Oakland Children’s Hospital conduct an investigation after she went into cardiac arrest and died, before being brought back by hospital staff. Jahi is brain dead and on life support.
Doctors said the surgery would help with Jahi’s sleep apnea, but there were complications during her recovery last week. Her mother Nailah Winkfield said Jahi had “actual clots” sliding out of her mouth, which her mother was told to catch in a cup for hospital staff to measure.
“She smiled when she walked in this hospital and I told her this surgery is to make you better,” Winkfield told the tv-station. ”My daughter went into cardiac arrest and died and they brought her back and now she’s brain dead.”
A hospital spokeswoman said in a statement that any surgery is risky and that the hospital would investigate what happened. She didn’t provide details on the surgery.
The family is shocked and says the hospital staff is asking to consider removing the teen from life support.
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Family Of Oakland Girl On Life Support Serves Hospital Cease And Desist Letter
OAKLAND (KCBS)— The family of a girl who was declared brain dead at Children’s Hospital Oakland last week has stepped up their fight to keep her on life support.
Relatives of 13-year-old Jahi Mcmath took their case to a lawyer who served the hospital a cease and desist letter that says the hospital does not have the family’s consent to remove life support without permission.
McMath underwent surgery to remove her tonsils at the Oakland hospital on Monday, December 9th. It was said to have been a routine procedure that was intended to cure a sleep apnea problem. After the surgery, she coughed up blood and went into cardiac arrest.
She was declared brain dead last Thursday, but her mother Nailah Winkfield is not giving up.
“Every time I go in there I let her know I will not let them take you to the coroner’s office Jahi. I won’t, because I believe that she can hear everything that’s going around. If she knew how much media attention she had right now, she’d be so embarrassed because she’s very shy,” Winkfield said.