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Tonsil surgery tragedy: 13-year-old bleeding from mouth, brain dead from removal

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A tonsil surgery tragedy has left the family of a 13-year-old girl devastated after the Oakland, California teen was recently resigned to life support following a tonsil removal surgery gone wrong. Jahi McMath was said to be bleeding copiously from the mouth and nose after the operation, and in less than a week was left brain dead due to an exceedingly rare and dangerous procedural side effect. The Inquisitr offers what’s known on this heartbreaking story this Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.

The tonsil surgery tragedy occurred earlier this Dec. after the family of a 13-year-old girl found their loved one on life support shortly after going through a regular tonsil removal procedure. The child from Oakland, Jahi McMath, was said to be getting her tonsils removed so that she could better counter a troubling issue with sleep apnea. Her family never expected the surgery to soon leave her brain dead.

Less than an hour after she woke from the routine surgery of the tonsils and being taken to a nearby hospital recovery room, the teen girl began to bleed heavily from her mouth and then her mouth. The 13-year-old’s mother soon grew worried, as she knew it wasn’t normal for her child to be holding cupped hands full of blood only minutes after she’d woken up.

The nearly unbelievable horror continues as nurses and doctors did all they could to help Jahi relax, but they were unable to staunch or even significantly slow the bleeding. Over the course of a couple of hours, the teen went into cardiac arrest, and was declared legally brain dead in mid December.

Now, the very same hospital where the tonsil surgery tragedy occurred is now backing the idea of having the brain dead child disconnected from life support. Yet the family lawyer has formally rejected this request and intends to help keep the 13-year-old on a life-saving ventilator for the remainder of the holiday season.

“Even though the Oakland medical center cannot comment on the case officials say the family is not allowing Jahi to be disconnected from a ventilator that is keeping her alive. Dr. David Durand, the hospital’s pediatrics chief, wrote a statement about Jahi’s case:”

“We implore the family to allow the hospital to openly discuss what has occurred and to give us the necessary legal permission — which it has been withholding — that would bring clarity, and we believe, some measure of closure and deeper understanding of this medical case.”

A further investigation into just what happened to this young girl in this heartrending case is being looked into by medical researchers and hospital staff.



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