Friday, June 29, 2018

Dead again

This is a sad, and long delayed ending to the sad saga of Jahi McMath:
Jahi has now died, her family’s lawyer announced Thursday in a statement to The Washington Post.
She died on June 22 in the New Jersey hospital alongside her mother, Nailah Winkfield, and her stepfather, Marvin. On a death certificate, a doctor in the New Jersey hospital listed Jahi’s preliminary cause of death as bleeding as a result of liver failure, the family’s lawyer, Chris Dolan, said.
For the past four years, Jahi suffered an “anoxic brain injury” resulting from the severe blood loss after her surgery, in which doctors removed her tonsils, adenoids and soft palette to address the girl’s sleep apnea, Dolan said.
In the medical malpractice lawsuit filed against Jahi’s Oakland hospital and surgeon, the family said doctors failed to note an “anatomical anomaly” in Jahi that posed an increased risk of hemorrhaging. Jahi’s mother accused the hospital’s staff of failing to summon a doctor when her daughter, who was African American, desperately needed medical attention.
“No one was listening to us,” Winkfield recounted to the New Yorker in a story published earlier this year. “I can’t prove it, but I really feel in my heart: if Jahi was a little white girl, I feel we would have gotten a little more help and attention.”
Probably so. 


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