Several Children Contracted Dangerous Infection From California Dental Clinic
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Several children are being
hospitalized after contracting a serious bacterial infection during a dental procedure
at an Anaheim clinic. According to officials, at least eight children
contracted the same bacterial infection, and all underwent the same dental
procedure at Children's Dental Group. Officials say the number of
the infected is expected to grow.
The Orange County Register reports health officials are contacting the
parents of about 500 other children who were also treated at the dental
clinic since May 3. All of the children who are hospitalized underwent
pulpotomies. Pulpotomy is a root canal-type procedures done on baby teeth
A parent of one of the children who contracted the infection says no one
should go through what his 4-year-old daughter went through. According
to her father, the child has spent months in the hospital and is still
receiving daily intravenous antibiotics. He says he is angry, and no one
will help. His daughter had three teeth surgically removed at the Children's
Dental Group. Months later, she got an infection that led to bacterial
pneumonia. The little girl has undergone four different surgeries to remove
an abscess under her chin. Another parent says her 8-year-old son had
to be treated for his swollen mouth and bruising on his cheeks. She said
this infection could have been life- threatening if it had spread to the brain.
According to an Orange County Health Care Agency official, the infection
is caused by a slow-growing bacteria that can take months to show. This
is why the agency is looking back to those who visited the clinic since
early May. The CEO of the Children's Dental Group made a statement
saying they followed industry standard sterilization and preventative
practices. The state dental board has also joined the investigation. Patients
of the dental clinic are urged to contact the California Department of
Consumer Affairs to file a complaint.
If your child has become a victim of medical malpractice, please
Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC, immediately.