The Jahi McMath Tragedy: What You Need to Know

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  • 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?
  • Why Won’t the Hospital Help?

Complications to Tonsillectomies

Complications can include bleeding, infection, nausea, pain and in some cases death. The death rates for tonsillectomies can range from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 35,000 (1.5 to 14 percent.) Yet, tonsillectomies are one of the most common procedures performed each year. 

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