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California mother Nailah Winkfield is opening up about the family’s tonsil surgery tragedy, according to a Dec. 20 Associated Press report. In what is now the case of a routine tonsil surgery gone wrong, California Supreme Court Judge Evelio Grillo ordered a California hospital to keep Winfield’s 13-year-old daughter Jahi McMath on life support pending further examination by a neurologist.

McMath, who has been declared brain dead reportedly underwent routine tonsillectomy at Children’s Hospital Oakland, and was moved to a recovery room before the family’s ordeal began. As the little girl sat up in her bed, her gown soaked with blood and a pink cup full of blood in her hand, Winkfield went into protective mommy mode. “Is this normal,” she repeatedly asked the staff?

According to Yahoo News, McMath bled for the next few hours as family and staff tried to assist, before finally going into cardiac arrest. She was declared brain dead on Dec. 12, and now the hospital wants to disconnect her life support.

The family’s attorney Christopher Dolan fought to keep McMath on a ventilator until the family gets a second opinion. Today’s decision by Judge Grillo allows the little girl to stay on the ventilator until further examination.

Winkfield has said that prior to the surgery her daughter was scared that she might not wake up after the procedure, the Associated Press reports. However, she did wake up and even ate a popsicle after the surgery, before the family’s nightmare began. Family members noted several containers of McMath’s blood in the room as hospital staff fought the blood loss with transfusions.

“I don't know what a tonsillectomy is supposed to look like after you have it, but that blood was un-normal for anything,” Winkfield said. The family was informed by hospital officials on Thursday that they wanted to take McMath off life support. Winfield refused. “I just looked at the doctor to his face and I told him you better not touch her.”

Another hearing is scheduled for Monday.



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