The family of a teenage girl who had her tonsils removed at Oakland’s Children’s Hospital earlier this week was having to decide whether to keep her on life support Saturday night after her health declined severely during her recovery.
Family members told KTVU that 13-year-old Jahi McMath underwent the routine surgical procedure of having her tonsils and adenoids removed on Monday.
But while she was recovering, McMath didn’t stop bleeding from her mouth and nose, according to her family.
McMath’s grandmother, Sandra Jo Chatman, said that she kept asking for help but few nurses were around.
According to Chatman, a surgical nurse, the nursing staff didn’t react until it she started screaming for help.
“I was the last one to see Jahi,” said Chatman. “I said, ‘Somebody help my baby please!’ And they came in and starting working on her. The next thing I know, the doctor said, ‘Oh no, she doesn’t have a heart rate anymore.’”
Hospital spokesperson Melinda Kreigel says the ICU was and is always fully staffed.
Kreigel also said on Saturday that she doesn’t know why McMath’s surgery had the outcome it did, but that her case was being investigated.
McMath’s mother Nailah Winkfield broke down in front of Children’s Hospital Saturday as she talked about her daughter to KTVU.
“Told me my daughter would be home on Tuesday and now you tell me she’ll never come home again!” said Winkfield.
The family says the hospital was making the situation worse by treating them poorly and trying to rush them out.
“Now you’re saying your family is taking over the hospital,” said Winkfield. “You guys invaded my life!”
Kreigel told KTVU that the hospital was not trying to rush the family from the room and that it is the family’s decision to make with their doctor as to when they decide to remove their daughter from life support.