Courthouse News Service; December 31, 2013
A mother sued the Oakland Children’s Hospital to stop it from pulling the plug on her daughter, whose chief of pediatrics, the mother claims, said her daughter is “dead, dead, dead.”
Latasha Winkfield sued Children’s Hospital Oakland and Dr. David Durand in Federal Court.
Winkfield’s daughter, Jahi McMath, 13, lost a large amount of blood, suffered a heart attack and loss of oxygen to her brain after “a routine tonsillectomy” at the hospital on Dec. 9, the mother says in the lawsuit.
Jahi has been on a respirator since then. “She is totally disabled at this time and is severely limited in all major life activities, being unable to do anything of her own volition,” her mother says in the lawsuit.
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