Hawaii girl, 3, dies after dental procedure

Sat Jan 4, 2014 6:02pm EST

Related Topics

(Reuters) - A 3-year-old Hawaii girl who suffered massive brain injuries last month after a dental procedure died late on Friday, said an attorney for the child's family.

Earlier this week, the family of Finley Boyle, 3, filed a lawsuit against dentist Lilly Geyer and Island Dentistry for Children in Honolulu, alleging that the child was given incorrect dosages of sedatives and that the hospital staff was not properly trained for emergencies.

On December 3, Ashley Boyle took her young daughter to Island Dentistry for extensive dental work, which the family states in court documents was recommended by Dr. Geyer.

The planned procedures included four root canals and multiple cavity fillings, according to the documents.

The Boyle family's attorney L. Richard Fried Jr. said on Saturday the child was given "grossly excessive" amounts of sedatives, went into cardiac arrest and later suffered brain damage.

The family charges that the staff was improperly trained for emergencies and failed to check the patient's vital signs for 26 minutes.

"It ended up being a massive overdose," said Fried.

Island Dentistry for Children has closed permanently, according to a statement on the firm's website, which does not provide any further details or explanation.

Neither Dr. Geyer nor Island Dentistry immediately responded to requests for comment.

Finley's death follows a case in California that gained nationwide attention last month when 13-year-old Jahi McMath was declared brain dead after a tonsil surgery gone wrong at an Oakland children's hospital.

The McMath family and the hospital on Friday agreed on moving Jahi to a new facility without removing the ventilator keeping her heart and lungs working.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; editing by Chris Francescani and Gunna Dickson)

FILED UNDER:
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Comments (8)
mutter wrote:
dentists are doing this all over. WHY would you sedate a child for a dental procedure. Not my child

Jan 04, 2014 7:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
aprilkat wrote:
its so hard believe anyone would EVER consider doing 4 root canals on a 3 year old… that dr had no business working on children at all and should go to jail for this. my heart breaks at this senseless tragedy.

Jan 04, 2014 7:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gregbrew56 wrote:
mutter – “WHY would you sedate a child for a dental procedure.”

Because otherwise a three year-old would be kicking and screaming?

Jan 04, 2014 8:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.