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3-Year Old Hawaiian Girl Dies after Dental Procedure

Posted on Jan 13, 2014

Finley Boyle, a 3-year-old Hawaii girl who suffered massive brain damage after undergoing a dental root canal last month, died Friday night, according to a representative of the hospice where she was moved to in late December.

Finley's parents are suing the dentist, alleging negligence and dangerous conduct. The lawsuit, filed against Lilly Geyer and her practice, Island Dentistry for Children, alleges that Finley received improper medications with incorrect dosages and "as a direct and proximate result of the medications administered to (Finley) by defendants, (Finley) suffered cardiac arrest during her dental procedure." It alleges that, as a further result of improper medications, Finley "suffered severe and permanent brain damage."

According to the girl’s mother, Finley was sedated and left unmonitored for 26 minutes. Also alleged in the lawsuit, is that Geyer had no plan in place to respond to medical emergencies, such as the one Finley suffered. It seeks unspecified damages.

This story follows the recent tragedy of a California girl who was pronounced brain dead after undergoing a tonsillectomy.

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