Those undergoing tonsil removal anticipate a very routine procedure with very few risks; and over 530,000 children undergo a tonsillectomy every year in the United States. This is why a family was devastated when a surgical error resulted in the death of their 9 year old daughter. The Detroit family is expected to file a lawsuit on the grounds of medical malpractice and wrongful death against the facility where the operation was performed and against the staff members who discharged the girl well before it was safe to do so.
Numerous Errors to Blame for Child’s Premature and Unnecessary Passing
Anyialah Gambrell required a tonsillectomy for a snoring problem that her family put off for years because they were ambivalent about the need for the procedure and whether it would be safe. Her doctor assured the family that the surgery would be routine and should last no longer than 40 minutes, but it went longer. After the two hour long operation, she was discharged before attending staff could be certain she was ready and died of complications a few hours after the surgery was completed.