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Tonsil surgery tragedy: 13-year-old girl on life support after tonsil surgery

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A tonsil surgery tragedy is making headline news around the globe. On Dec. 21, ABC Los Angeles reported that a 13-year-old girl is brain dead and on life support following a tonsillectomy. Jahi McMath had complications following a routine surgery and ended up going into cardiac arrest in the days following the surgery. She was declared brain dead but a judge ordered she be kept on life support while her family gets a second opinion.

"McMath was having her tonsils removed to help with sleep apnea. Her mom, Nailah Winkfield, said she began to fear something was going horribly wrong after her daughter's tonsillectomy," ABC Los Angeles reported.

The tonsil surgery tragedy is somewhat unheard of -- thousands of people get Tonsillectomies each year, and when something is considered a "routine" procedure, it means that things generally go smoothly and doctors perform said procedures numerous times a year. An investigation into what went wrong in Jahi's case is underway -- her family praying for a miracle when they get their second opinion on Monday.

"Winkfield said her daughter was moved to a recovery room. She was sitting up in bed, her hospital gown was bloody, and she was holding a pink cup full of blood," the report continued.

More on the tonsil surgery tragedy in the video above.

© Effie Orfanides 2013

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