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TONSILLECTOMY-BRAIN DEAD GIRL
Mother said California girl on life support after tonsillectomy had fears before surgery
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, December 20, 2013 12:12 PM EST
The mother of a 13-year-old Northern California girl declared brain dead after a routine tonsillectomy says her daughter had expressed fears she wouldn't wake up after the surgery.
She went into cardiac arrest and is now on a ventilator as her family seeks a court order to keep her on life support through the holidays. The family says Children's Hospital Oakland officials told them Thursday they want to take the girl off life support quickly.
The family's attorney says he'll file an injunction on Friday to prevent any hospital intervention.
Hospital officials say the family hasn't given them permission to openly discuss the case, citing medical privacy laws.