Having your tonsils removed is supposed to be one of the easiest surgeries that you could have. They put you under, remove the tonsils, and then about an hour later you wake up and begin healing. Sadly for one family, this surgery was not so easy for their 13 year old daughter who is now legally brain dead.
Jahi McMath, a California native, is currently hooked up to life support. She is on a ventilator to help her to breathe. She went in to Oakland Hospital to have her tonsils removed. During the surgery everything seemed to be fine. After the surgery however she began to bleed from her nose and her mouth. She went into cardiac arrest. That is when the doctors told her mother that she was brain dead. They do not think it is likely that she will ever regain consciousness.
The hospital has been trying to get Jahi’s mother to take her off of life support as they do not think that there is anything else that they can do for her but she is refusing. Naliah Winkfield, Jahi’s mother, says that she is not going to leave her daughter’s side and she is not letting them pull the plug on her. Winkfield says that the hospital staff has been very persistent in trying to get her to take her daughter off of life support.
Jahi went in to have the tonsillectomy and the adenoidectomy in order to correct the sleep apnea that she was suffering from. Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing for short periods of time while you sleep. This can be caused by a number of things, one of them being enlarged tonsils and adenoids. The hospital is currently under investigation to see what went wrong.