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Hawaii girl dental procedure: 3-year-old dies due to brain damage

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A Hawaii girl had a dental procedure that allegedly turned fatal. Three-year-old Finley Boyle had massive brain damage following dental work back in early Dec. and died Friday. Time reported Jan. 4 that Boyle's parents have filed a lawsuit against Lilly Geyer and her practicing office, Island Dentistry for Children.

Finley's parents say she was given an incorrect dosage of medication for the dental work she was having done Dec. 3 in Hawaii. The girl was to have the dental procedure after sedation took effect, but she was allegedly left alone for 26 minutes after it was administered. She was about to undergo four root canals.

The lawsuit states about the dental procedure that went wrong:

“As a direct and proximate result of the medications administered to (Finley) by defendants, (Finley) suffered cardiac arrest during her dental procedure," that resulted in “severe and permanent brain damage.”

The young girl was moved to a hospital then to hospice. Dr. Gregory Yen, a pediatric neurologist, said Finley's brain damage left her in a "persistent vegetative state."

Geyer has not responded to these allegations, but according to the dental office's website, it is permanently closed.

First there was the story of Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old girl in California who is brain dead from a tonsillectomy, and now in Hawaii a girl is believed to have died from a dental procedure. Both had separate procedures, but it understandably might be making parents nervous about simple medical treatments.

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