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Teen Declared Brain Dead Following Tonsillectomy Complications

Tonsillectomies are the third most common surgery performed on children in the U.S., but just because a surgery is routine does make it safe.

To help with her sleep apnea, Jahi McMath underwent a routine tonsillectomy. After surgery, she seemed to be acting normal, even asking for a Popsicle to soothe her sore throat. Within a half-hour, Jahi started bleeding profusely from her nose and mouth. The bleeding lasted a few hours before the teen went into cardiac arrest. Doctors declared Jahi brain dead and wanted to take her off life support, but her family sought a court order to keep Jahi on a ventilator and obtain a second opinion. A hearing is planned today to appoint another neurologist.

Few details have been revealed about exactly what may have happened. There are risks involved in every medical procedure and not all poor results are due to medical malpractice. In order to determine if this family has a medical malpractice case, they should seek the advice of an experienced attorney. A medical malpractice attorney will review the medical records and determine whether Jahi’s condition is the result of medical malpractice, negligent treatment or just a normal risk or complication of a tonsillectomy.

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