by Cassy Fiano | July 13, 2017 9:34 pm
Going to the dentist is a routine part of childhood and no parent ever expects that getting their child’s teeth cleaned could lead to tragedy. But that’s exactly what happened to one family and now, the parents want answers.
Three year-old Daleyza Avila Hernandez was brought to Children’s Dental Surgery in Stockton, California by her mother, Araceli Avila after receiving a referral from another dentist. Hernandez needed to have two teeth pulled and caps placed on two other teeth. It was supposed to be a routine dental surgery.
“When we left for the hospital she ran after me, got into the van, and she was very happy,” Daleyza’s father, Jose Hernandez, said. But Avila wasn’t allowed to go with Daleyza into the operating room for hygienic reasons. But after about 30 minutes, she noticed something wrong: an ambulance had pulled up.
“I stood up and went outside because I was like ‘they are coming for a kid,’ but I never thought it was for my child,” she said. But it turned out that Daleyza was the child in question. A nurse came out to inform Avila that Daleyza had an adverse reaction to the anesthesia and her heart had stopped. Daleyza was taken to a hospital, where she later died and doctors said they don’t know why.
“The nurse said ‘not to worry; maybe she has a heart problem that you didn’t know about.’ That is not true, my daughter was very healthy,” Avila said.
David Thompson is the administrator for Children’s Dental Surgery and he said this is the first time a child has ever died at the clinic. “I’ve been working here for 10 years and I’ve never had a situation like this,” he said. “I hope that I never will again.” Meanwhile, the Dental Board of California has confirmed that an investigation has been opened into Daleyza’s death.
“[We are] aware of the tragic situation,” a statement read. “An investigation is underway so specific details of the case cannot be shared at this time. Consumer protection is the board’s highest concern and we want to extend our deepest sympathy to the family.”
But Avila continues to speak out, in hopes that it might warn other parents. “All I did was I took my daughter to the dentist because they were going to fix her teeth,” she said. “And about 30 minutes later they brought her back dead.”
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