Hospital Negligence During Tonsil Surgery Puts 13-Year-Old Girl on Life Support

In Oakland, California, a 13-year-old girl was taken off life support on December 17 after she was declared brain dead following complications from surgery to remove her tonsils.

The 13-year-old girl had gone to Children’s Hospital Oakland on December 9 to have her tonsils removed to cure a sleep apnea problem. According to KTVU, the girl had trouble breathing and suffered “an enormous amount of bleeding” after the procedure. On December 12, the girl went into cardiac arrest and was declared brain dead.

KTVU-TV reported that the Children’s Hospital Oakland had told the family of the 13-year-old that the child would be taken off life support because she had been declared dead under California law. California law states that legal brain death must be declared by two doctors performing two sets of tests at least three hours apart.

“We didn’t want her to be removed from life support, but the decision is out of our hands, because it’s been declared a legal death,” the girl’s uncle told KTVU. “Something terrible went wrong…[w]e hope the hospital’s investigation is conducted fairly and we get some answers.”

My Loved One Died Due to a Doctor’s Negligence and I Need an Experienced Attorney

Throughout our history, Colson Hicks Eidson has handled groundbreaking medical malpractice cases. Our firm represented a family who lost their teenage daughter following a tonsillectomy when she bled to death after surgery due to mistakes made during and after the procedure. The case was settled for a confidential amount the first day of the trial in Orlando, Florida.

If your loved one died due to a doctor’s negligence, speak with one of our attorneys today to tell us about your situation and your circumstances. We understand what you are going through and want to hear your story. Feel free to comment below or visit our Facebook page to share your experiences.

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