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Tonsil surgery tragedy: Teen declared brain-dead, judge rules for life support

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The tonsil surgery tragedy that a family is facing today started with a child’s routine procedure of having her tonsils removed. Today, this routine tonsil surgery has left a mother having to make the decision of taking her daughter off the life-support system, which doctors believe is the only thing keeping her alive, according to Web Pro News on Dec. 21.

The doctors report that the child is brain-dead, but the family believes there have been a few signs to give them hope that she may not be. No one is quite sure what happened to 13-year-old Jahi McMath during this routine procedure.

The family is not alone in wanting to know how a routine procedure turned into this tonsil surgery tragedy that is making nation-wide news today. This is a surgery thousands of kids go through each year and the outcome of Jahi’s surgery has others wondering what happened, especially those facing this surgery with their own children today.

Nailah Winkfield, Jahi’s mother recalls asking the hospital staff “over and over” the question “is this normal?” She asked this as her daughter sat holding a cup full of blood in a bloody hospital gown after the surgery.

A judge has granted Winkfield’s request to leave her daughter on life-support a while longer, but doctor’s at the Children’s Hospital Oakland have declared her brain-dead and wish to follow the protocol for a case like this and disconnect the life-support system.

Attorney Christopher Dolan has won more time for the family presenting evidence to the judge that there’s been enough signs of life coming from the teen to warrant an investigation. That investigation will be conducted by doctors who are independent from the hospital where Jahi McMath is being treated.

Hoping that a resolution of the case can be found by Christmas, Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo granted the family the time they were requesting so they can get another opinion from another set of doctors.

The family is faced with a decision that no family should ever have to make after a child has a routine tonsillectomy.



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