Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

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

See also

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.

Advertisement

News

  • Gaza school shelled
    Israeli airstrikes topple a school in Gaza suspected of housing rockets; dozens killed
    Video
    Video
  • Ebola outbreak
    An American with Ebola virus died shortly after boarding three planes
    World News
  • Why dogs smell butts
    Researchers figure out why dogs like to smell each other's butts
    Pets
  • Time to stop tanning
    The surgeon general advises us not to tan as melanoma cases are on the rise
    Health News
  • Zimmerman lands dream job
    George Zimmerman lands his dream job as a security guard at a gun/motorcycle shop
    Headlines
  • 10 smartest states
    Here are the 10 most educated states in the U.S., did yours make the cut?
    US News

Related Videos:

  • Alien probes have reached Earth? Mathematicians say it is certainly possible
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517865563" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=517865563&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Study: Women at higher risk for depression
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518277204" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518277204&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Study: Women open to Internet-based counseling
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518151917" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518151917&autoStart=true"></div>