Dentists annually convince millions of people to do a wisdom tooth surgery.
Nevertheless, newest findings allege that this surgery is far from needed, and what’s more, it can be extremely perilous. There was a case in Maryland, where the parents of a teenager sued the oral surgeon and the anesthesiologist for medical malpractice, after their daughter’s death which occurred due to her wisdom tooth surgery.
Namely, due to the outcome of the operation done on Jenny Olenick, which was only 17 and went to Marriotts Ridge High School in Woodstock, Md., the same as the one done on 5 million people in the U.S. annually, the procedure proved to be more than harmful. Namely, the girl died in April from complications during the outpatient procedure.
Her mother sadly said told ABCNews.com:“It’s so hard. She was the only one we had.”
According to the civil suit, filed in Howard Country Circuit Court, the oral surgeon, Dr. Domenick Coletti, and the anesthesiologist, Dr. Krista Michelle Isaacs, were careless and failed to bring Olenick back to life after the drop of the heart rate and the level of blood oxygen.
Although her father refused to comment the case, a spokeswoman for the family stated that they hope to reveal the risks of this surgery and the necessity of improved emergency training for oral surgeons and dentists.
“Something should have been done at the first sign of the emergency happening. If they hadn’t waited so long, Jenny would still be here.” -claimed Nicole Cunha, a friend to the family and the executive director of the Raven Maria Blanco Foundation. This non-profit group was formed with the aim to protect pediatric dental patients.
The surgeon and the anesthesiologist did not give their answers right away.
Nevertheless, after the investigation by the state’s chief medical examiner, it was determined that the reason for this girl’s death was hypoxia — which is a lack of oxygen during the period she had been anesthetized.
Furthermore, this is not the only case. According to the report by ABC News affiliate WSBTV, another teenager, the 14-year-old Ben Ellis of Gilmer County, Ga., also died in his bed Dec. 8, a day after his wisdom tooth surgery.
This case is also being investigated by The Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.