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Surgery gone wrong cited as likely cause of injury in law suit

Jahi MacMath is a name familiar to most people in New Jersey and many more across the rest of the United States. After a surgery gone wrong left the little young girl brain dead, her family says that they were unjustly pressured to yank the plug on their daughter's life support. They are now seeking compensation from the out-of-state hospital where the surgery was performed.

Following surgery that was intended to correct the sleep apnea from which she suffered, the girl began to rapidly lose blood, leading to a deprivation of oxygen. Her heart then stopped, though she was resuscitated by medical professionals. Unfortunately, the damage from the surgical complications was already done, and she was declared brain dead. The family ultimately sought refuge for their daughter in New Jersey, where brain dead patients may be kept on life support should religious beliefs hold that this diagnosis is not final. 

The family also cited the hospital's desire to use the victim's organs as one of the reasons for moving her to New Jersey. Part of the claim details an encounter with a hospital chief of staff who shouted at them that their daughter was dead. There was allegedly little care or consideration given to the victim by the hospital and its staff. 

A restraining order was issued against the hospital, which kept it from removing the girl from life support as it wished to do. This gave the family the time they needed to transfer her to a more appropriate location for her continued care. Although they now have a safe haven for their daughter, moving forward with the emotional and financial burdens may be an understandably overwhelming burden. If successful, the medical malpractice claim that they filed can provide invaluable compensation for related damages from the apparent surgery gone wrong.

Source:, "Family of N.J. girl declared dead files malpractice suit claiming hospital pressured them for organs", Dave Hutchinson, March 7, 2015

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