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Heartbroken surgeons recall effort to save 6-month-old

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Anger is growing on the South Side after 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins was shot to death near 65th Street and Maryland Ave. Now, doctors recall their desperate attempt to try to save the baby girl.

Jonylah lost so much blood that doctors at Comers Children's Hospital had to replace it five times. Almost every organ in her tiny body had been injured by the 5 gunshots.

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"She lost 3 liters of blood in the operating room which means we were aggressively replacing and she simply continued to bleed," Dr. Mark Slidell explains.

A team of surgeons worked around the clock to keep Jonylah alive, which they did for 12 hours. It was much longer than anyone expected.

"The amount of resources we brought to try to help her were immense and that's why we were able to keep her alive as long as could," another doctor explains.

The little girl's organs began to fail. Her mother Judy was in the operating room when she passed away at 6 o'clock on Tuesday morning.

"Most organ systems were starting to go into failure," the doctor said at a press conference.

Jonylah's father, Jonathan Watkins, is recovering at Northwestern Memorial Hospital from a gunshot wound to his side and buttocks. He was also grazed in the face.

Watkins, who police say is a known gang member with an extensive criminal history, says he was changing the baby's diaper when someone approached and started shooting. Authorities believe he was the intended target.

So far, no witnesses are cooperating with Chicago police.

Community activist, Andrew Holmes, has been working the streets to help hunt down the killer. He says a lot of questions remain unanswered.

"I really want to know how she sustained 5 injuries," Holmes says. "No disrespect to family, but for a child to sustain these 5 injuries, and if the child was  laying down, the person had to be shooting down inside the van."

The Funeral arrangements for Jonylah Watkins are set for Tuesday, March 19 at New Beginnings Church of Chicago, located at 6620 S. King Dr. The wake will take place at 10 a.m. with the funeral following at 11 a.m.

Bulls superstar Derrick Rose is offering to pay for a portion of baby Jonylah's funeral.

A $11,000 reward remains for any information in this case leading to the arrest of Jonylah's killer.

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