The family of the California girl who was left clinically brain dead last week after a routine surgery does not want their daughter taken off life support and claims the hospital is pressuring them to do so.
Jahi McMath, 13, underwent a procedure Dec. 9 to remove her tonsils in hopes of treating her sleep apnea, weight gain, inability to concentrate, and uncontrollable urination, her family told reporters.
Directly after the procedure, the girl seemed fine.
“She was alert and talking, and she was asking for a Popsicle because she said her throat hurt,” Sandy Chatman, McMath’s grandmother, told CNN.
But she soon took a turn for the worse when she began bleeding uncontrollably in her throat. Her oxygen levels dipped dangerously low and she was rushed to intensive care. Three days later, doctors told Jahi’s family that she was brain dead.
“Now she is 100 percent brain damaged,” her uncle, Omari Sealey, told CNN Monday in a telephone interview. “Medically dead.”
Despite doctors’ advice, Jahi McMath’s family wants her to stay on life support.
“I don’t want her off life support because I really feel like she can wake up,” Nailah Winkfield, McMath’s mother, told CNN’s Piers Morgan Tuesday. “I feel like it’s just been a rough week for her and, if they just give her some more time, then she’ll be able to wake up.”
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