December 17th, 2013
03:18 PM ET

Girl brain dead after tonsil surgery

Before 13-year-old Jahi McMath went into a surgery meant to improve her quality of life, she had a terrible premonition.

"The worst thing about all of this is that Jahi told my sister, 'I don't want to get this surgery, something bad is going to happen. I'm not going to wake up,' " Jahi's uncle Omari Sealey told CNN in a phone interview Monday.

Jahi went in to have her tonsils taken out. Now, the Oakland, California, girl is brain dead, her family says, and they are fighting to keep her on a ventilator.

They have presented the hospital with a cease-and-desist letter aimed at preventing the hospital from taking her off of life support, family attorney Chris Dolan told CNN Tuesday.


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  1. Cora

    This is really sad. What happened? Did she possibly have a reaction to the sedatives, or did the anesthesiologist give her too much? Super sad.

    December 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. levineoliverpublisher2013

    This is sad. I hope the girl and family are strengthened by the Lord who can do all things. This is an emotional time for the family so let us keep them in prayer, especially.

    December 17, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    This is really scary and sad. My heart goes out to her family.

    December 17, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Twila

    In this time of need and the need of strength may you have all you need .....Our prayers are with you......

    December 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |