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3-Year-Old’s Death Blamed on Sedatives

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

An official autopsy report cites that sedatives are likely to blame for the death of a 3-year-old girl who experienced cardiac arrest during a root canal procedure in Kailua, Hawaii.

3-Year-Old Dies During Root Canal

According to FOX News, 3-year-old Finley Boyle died a month after suffering significant brain damage after falling into cardiac arrest on December 3, 2013.

During a November visit to Hawaii's Island Dentistry for Children, Finley's mother Ashley Boyle was told that her daughter needed six fillings and four root canals. An appointment was set for December 3.

Boyle claims that her child was given five sedatives and anesthetics, and that the drugs were given “as though given individually.”

A lawsuit filed by the family claims that upon Finley falling into cardiac arrest, dentist Dr. Lilly Geyer had to leave her office to find a pediatrician that could administer CPR. According to the lawsuit, Finley was left unmonitored for 26 minutes.

Little Room for Doubt in Toddler's Death

The autopsy report has ruled out any possibility that Finely suffered from any previous, underlying heart conditions as well as the possibility that Finely experienced an allergic reaction.

The report has determined that the combination of sedatives and anesthesia received by Finley during the procedure most likely caused her death.

While the examiner's office has ruled Finley's and accident, the toddler's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Geyer, claiming that negligence by Dr. Geyer resulted in their daughter's death.

Dr. Geyer's office has since been closed down. Geyer's attorney, however, continues to claim that the allegations made by Finley's family are “unproven.”


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