The Jahi McMath Tragedy: What You Need to Know

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  • Understanding Her Plight
  • The Details Are Not Clear
  • The Fight for Life Support
  • Why Won’t Her Family Take Her Off Life Support?
  • 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"

The Details Are Not Clear

Jahi’s family has said that in early December 2013 their daughter went in for a tonsillectomy to help with her sleep apnea. After her surgery, she was bleeding from her nose, suffered a heart attack and was later pronounced brain dead. The hospital is determining the causes of her complications. 

 (Photo: AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times, Kristopher Skinner)

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