OAKLAND, CALIF.: After her daughter underwent a supposedly routine tonsillectomy and was moved to a recovery room, Nailah Winkfield began to fear something was going horribly wrong.
Jahi McMath, 13, was sitting up in bed, her hospital gown bloody, and holding a pink cup full of blood.
“Is this normal?” Winkfield repeatedly asked nurses.
With her family and hospital staff trying to help and comfort her, Jahi kept bleeding profusely for the next few hours then went into cardiac arrest, her mother said. The girl was declared brain dead on Dec. 12.
Now, the hospital wants to disconnect her life support, the family says, but their lawyer Christopher Dolan has refused permission and is trying to keep Jahi on a ventilator through the holidays while the family obtains another opinion on her condition and reviews medical records. A court hearing was set for Friday.
Hospital officials said they couldn’t discuss the case because the family hasn’t given them permission to do so.
Late Thursday, Dr. David Durand, the hospital’s pediatrics chief, wrote that the hospital is unable to talk about the medical procedure without the family’s permission.