I was 11 years old when I had my tonsils taken out. My brother and sister had theirs removed at the same time. I remember waking up in pain and not wanting to eat but they fed me ice cream and told me I could have all the ice cream I wanted. By the next day I was fine and ready to go back to the life of an 11 year old girl.

Jahi McMathUnfortunately though this isn’t the way it was for 13 year old Jahi McMath in California at the Children;s Hospital Oakland. Jahi underwent a routine tonsillectomy and was then moved to a recovery room, as most patients are after surgery, but after this things started to go wrong. Jahi was sitting up in her bed holding a pink cup filled with blood. The front of her hospital gown was all bloody.

Jahi’s mother, Nailah Winkfield had to ask the nurses, “Is this normal?”

Jahi kept bleeding for the next few hours and then she went into cardiac arrest, according to her mother. The family claims this was supposedly just a routine surgery but the hospital claims the procedure was a “complicated” one. In a memo provided by the hospital, it states, “Ms. McMath is dead and cannot be brought back to life. Children’s is under no obligation to provide medical or other intervention for a deceased person.”

Jaahi was put on life support and the family says that the hospital officials told them Thursday when they met that they wanted to take the child off life support. “I just looked at the doctor to his face and I told him you better not touch her,” said Winkfield.

The family filed for a temporary restraining order to keep the hospital from removing Jahi off life support or any of her other treatments. Judge Grillo agreed to the restraining order in hopes that a resolution could be reached by Christmas to give the family peace of mind.

The family’s attorney says the family wants independent tests of their own because they don’t believe the hospital’s physicians are sufficiently independent. “There is mistrust and there is a conflict of interest,” said the attorney, Christopher Dolan.

I just can’t imagine what this family is going through right now. My thoughts and prayers are with them right now. I personally believe in miracles so I am praying for a miracle that will bring this child back to her family. God bless them all.

Jan Barrett

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