The Jahi McMath Tragedy: What You Need to Know

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  • 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"
  • Understanding Her Plight
  • The Details Are Not Clear
  • The Fight for Life Support

What Is a Tonsillectomy?

Tonsillectomy is when someone's tonsils are removed during surgery. A doctor may want to perform this on a child if they have chronic tonsillitis (infected tonsils) or their tonsils are swollen so bad that they have a hard time eating and breathing, says KidsHealth.Org. Another reason is sleep apnea, such as in Jahi’s case, that one would also have the procedure. 

 (Photo: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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