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Oakland Child Brain Dead after Tonsillectomy

Author Jarod Cassidy

An eighth-grader from Oakland, California has been declared brain dead following complication experienced after the young girl had her tonsils removed.

About the Tonsil Removal Surgery

  • 13-year-old E.C. Reems Academy of Technology and Arts student Jahi McMath has been declared brain dead following problems experienced after a tonsillectomy.
  • According to NBC, the child, treated at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, had undergone the surgery December, 9 in efforts to treat her sleep apnea.
  • Initially, the surgery appeared to have been successful, with Jahi waking up able to tock and requesting a popsicle, however, 30 minutes later the young girl was rushed to Intensive Care choking on her own blood and falling into cardiac arrest.
  • Two days later, it was declared that Jahi was brain dead.

Family Demands Investigation

  • Despite Jahi’s family being told that the girl is now a “coroner’s case,” family members have shown no indication that they are willing to take the child off life support.
  • The family will meet again with doctors today in an effort to find out more information as they attempt to understand the accident.
  • In a release to NBC Bay Area, Jahi’s family stated that an error committed by the hospital resulted in the young girl’s condition.
  • The statement also claimed that staff disappeared, leaving Jahi and her family to suction the blood the 13-year-old was coughing up on their own.
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