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It Was a Routine Tonsillectomy. One Minute In, Tragedy

7-year-old Paisley Cogsdill's heart stopped Friday in South Carolina
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2020 8:30 AM CST

(Newser) – It was supposed to be a routine procedure to take a little girl's tonsils out—but one minute in, things went terribly wrong. CNN reports on the death of 7-year-old Paisley Cogsdill, who died Friday right after her tonsillectomy started at Self Regional Hospital in Greenwood. Paisley's heart stopped suddenly during the procedure, even though her parents tell FOX Carolina their only child was perfectly healthy, save for a snoring habit. "Going into surgery, she had no fear," Mary Beth Truelock, Paisley's grandmother, tells FOX. "She was smiling and happy."

The second-grader was a straight-A student who loved gymnastics, arts and crafts, and participating in activities at her church, where she sang and acted in plays and pageants. "Her years on earth may have only been seven, but the love she shared will last a lifetime," her obituary reads. A GoFundMe for Paisley's family had raised nearly $35,000 by Wednesday morning. "We live second by second right now," Truelock tells FOX Carolina. "Nobody should ever go through this pain." Paisley's parents hope an autopsy will shed some light on what caused their daughter's death. (Read more tonsillectomy stories.)

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