'Brain dead' teen gets feeding and breathing tubes

Jahi McMath, 13, had a tonsillectomy to correct a form of sleep apnea. After complications, "she is 100% brain damaged. Medically dead," her uncle says. (Omari Sealey)
Jahi McMath (Omari Sealey)
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Updated: 1/08 6:07 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery has been given the feeding and breathing tubes that her family had been trying to obtain for weeks.

The attorney of the girl's family, Christopher Dolan, said doctors had inserted both the gastric tube and tracheostomy tube some time on Wednesday at the undisclosed facility where she was taken on Jan. 5.

Dolan said the procedure was a success and that Jahi McMath is getting the treatment that her family believes she should have gotten 28 days ago, when doctors at Children's Hospital Oakland first declared her brain dead.

Jahi underwent tonsil surgery on Dec. 9 and afterward began bleeding heavily before going into cardiac arrest and being declared brain dead on Dec. 12.

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bluidbln - 1/9/2014 4:36 PM
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What happened to this child to begin with?? Has anyone read anything pertaining to this?
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