Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Globe Xmas Gift: Tonsillectomy Proves Fatal in California

"California girl ordered off life support" Associated Press, December 25, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif. — A judge has ordered that a 13-year-old Northern California girl declared brain dead after suffering complications from a tonsillectomy be taken off life support.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo issued the order Tuesday but gave Jahi McMath’s family until 5 p.m. Dec. 30 to file an appeal. She will stay on life support until then.

Grillo issued the order after a Stanford doctor testified that Jahi is brain dead. Dr. Paul Graham Fisher’s evaluation was the second to reach that conclusion.

Children’s Hospital of Oakland filed court papers late Monday asking that the girl be taken off life support after doctors there also concluded she was brain dead. Her family wants to keep the 13-year-old connected to a breathing machine and has asked for another opinion on her condition.

Jahi experienced complications after a tonsillectomy at the Oakland hospital. She bled profusely and went into cardiac arrest.