Here in Chicago, five year old Diamond Brownridge died after failing to wake up following dental surgery for two root canals. Root canals? Next we'll be hearing about a seven year old who was having a hysterectomy.
An adverse drug reaction, a poorly trained assistant, a dentist who didn't have a license to put people to
sleep for dental work -- all of them share blame for her death. But I
think there's someone else -- her mother.
What mother would make her
five year old child go through the agony of having one root canal in
the first place? Nevermind two. And why would any dentist willingly
recommend something so painful? Besides the money.
From the beginning I kept asking
myself, Why was a small child being subjected to major dental surgery
under anesthesia? She is flat out too young to have to endure
something like that.
I read that she had to have the
root canals because she was grinding her teeth. Teeth grinding would
suggest an anxious child. Another problem entirely. Regardless, dental
procedures usually reserved for adults seem entirely unnecessary at
that age. Surely there had to be an alternative treatment.
Plus, five year old kids don't have
permanent molars -- those are baby teeth. Just take them out with
xylocaine while she's awake if you must. Root canals at five years old?
That's absurd. That's abuse.
A trial is going on right now.
Today it was revealed that the little girl was given an extra Valium
because she was so upset. No shit she was upset. And the primary
reason they said she was so upset -- hysterical -- was because her
mother left the room and didn't stay with her. Asshead.
Now it turns out that the girl has
an older brother who underwent a similar procedure which required
anesthesia, but there was a warning on his chart that he reacted badly
to anesthesia. Unfortunately, his sister had a different doctor. So
nobody made the possible connection.
However, the little girl's mother could have mentioned the problem. Actually, she should have mentioned the problem.
But she didn't. Even though she was asked if there was any history.
So far the doctor's license has been pulled. He's fighting to get it back.
The little girl died less than a month ago. Her mother sued the doctor almost as soon as she was in the ground.
Makes you wonder.