The Jahi McMath Tragedy: What You Need to Know

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  • Why Won’t the Hospital Help?
  • What Is a Tonsillectomy?
  • What’s Sleep Apnea?
  • Complications to Tonsillectomies
  • Update: McMath Leaves Oakland Hospital
  • Jahi Gets Help "She Should Have Gotten 28 Days Ago"
  • Understanding Her Plight
  • The Details Are Not Clear
  • The Fight for Life Support
  • Why Won’t Her Family Take Her Off Life Support?

What’s Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea causes the throat or upper airway to collapse, making it hard for oxygen to enter the lungs. This can cause shallow breathing or brief pauses in breathing. People with sleep apnea can cause people to be extremely tired. It’s estimated that 1-4 percent of kids have this disorder. 

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