Jahi McMath, 13, was left brain dead after a tonsillectomy performed at Children’s Hospital Oakland and is currently on life support using a ventilator. The doctors at the hospital have given up hope of recovery and would like to discontinue life support against the wishes of the girl’s parents who had to get a court order to maintain life support.
What should have been a routine tonsillectomy ended up leaving a child brain dead. To make matters worse, doctors appear to be showing little compassion for the girl’s family and their desire to keep her on life support.
Although doctors have given up hope, Jahi’s parents are praying for a miracle. Obviously, they need more time, they need more answers, and they need more compassion. And they deserve it.
Something went terribly wrong during the tonsillectomy and the doctors at the hospital need to take responsibility and be held accountable. Jahi’s mother knew something was wrong when her daugher was bleeding heavily following the surgery. She expressed concern. She asked the nurses “Is this (excessive bleeding) normal?” Why wasn’t Jahi rushed into emergency care when the bleeding wouldn’t stop? Where was the doctor who performed the tonsillectomy?
Now that the damage has been done, why is there such a rush to take Jahi off life support? It’s a shame that the parents needed a court order to keep her on a ventilator. It is total disgrace that since the teen girl is now considered brain dead Children’s Hospital Oakland has so little to say except we are “under no legal obligation to provide medical or other intervention for a deceased person” as they continue to fight to pull the plug.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jahi McMath and Nailah Winkfield, and the rest of their loved ones and friends. We are wishing you a Christmas miracle.
What would you do if your child went to the hospital for a routine tonsillectomy and was left brain dead? Feel free to repectfully express your views in the comments section.