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"

Understanding Her Plight

In early December, 13-year-old Jahi McMath entered Children’s Hospital Oakland for a “routine” tonsillectomy and three days later was declared brain dead. After battling with their daughter's original hospital, Jahi's parents moved her to an undisclosed medical facility for treatment. What happened to her? Why wouldn't the original hospital let her stay on life support? What is a tonsillectomy? Read more about the McMath tragedy.—Kellee Terrell (@kelleent

 (Photo: AP Photo/Courtesy of McMath Family and Omari Sealey, File)

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