Teen Girl Brain Dead After Tonsil Removal Goes Wrong

13-year-old Jahi McMath expected the procedure would keep her in the hospital for one night

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Doctors say a California teenager is unlikely to regain consciousness after a simple procedure to remove her tonsils at an Oakland hospital went horribly awry.

Jahi McMath, 13, went to have her tonsils removed last week at the local Children’s Hospital, where she was expected to stay overnight, the local CBS affiliate reports. But she began bleeding from her nose and mouth after the procedure and then went into cardiac arrest, and doctors say she is now brain dead.

Children’s Hospital said in a statement that it is reviewing the case.

Doctors have told the family that the girl, currently hooked up to a ventilator, will not recover. But family members, who allege that representatives of the hospital have pushed to take McMath off life support, say they want the hospital to keep her alive.

“I am not leaving unless she leaves with me because I will not let them pull the plug on my child,” the girl’s mother, Nailah Winkfield, told CBS.

[CBS]

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