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Tonsil surgery tragedy: Family fights brain dead diagnosis of teenager

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13-year-old Jahi McMath underwent what was supposed to be a routine tonsillectomy according to the Associated Press on Dec. 20, 2013. After being moved to a recovery room, McMath's mother Nailah Winkfield believed something was wrong when her daughter had a bloody gown and was holding a cup full of blood. Now, the child has been diagnosed as brain dead, but her family disputes the claim.

Doctors have now declared the child to be brain-dead in what is being called a "tonsil surgery tragedy" after she lost extreme amounts of blood just hours after surgery. Now, the family rejects the diagnosis of McMath being brain-dead.

One doctor says that rejecting the diagnosis is not something that is uncommon.

The attorney of the family states that "there is a mistrust and there is a conflict of interest" regarding the entire situation. As of now, the family of Jahi McMath has to not only deal with the teen being brain dead, but trying to decide where to go from here.

On Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo granted the family more time to make the decision on what to do with McMath.

The family states that there are hopes a resolution can be found by Christmas, but that day is quickly approaching. What was supposed to be a routine surgery has now turned into a giant ordeal that has a family sitting on a tough decision.

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