A Honolulu mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a dentist following the death of her young daughter. A Windward Oahu dentist has been indicted on 37 counts related to her practice which has been shut down. The dentist faces various drug violations as well as charges of manslaughter and assault.
The indictment stems from the death of a toddler during routine dental surgery at Island Dentistry for Children in Kailua. The dentist performed multiple root canals on the 3-year-old, giving her a deathly combination of sedatives. The toddler went into cardiac arrest, fell into a coma and died one month later. According to the Medical Examiner, a combination of different sedatives administered to the child during the dental surgery caused the 3-year-old’s heart attack. The wrongful death lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount according to a spokesperson for the victim’s family. The settlement came after negotiations with the dentist’s insurance company.
The dentist also faces charges for other events between October to December 2013 and April 2016. Other charges include drug violations and medical assistance fraud. The dentist faces a more harsh punishment because the charges involve children. A warrant has been issued for her arrest and sources say the dentist plans to turn herself into authorities. Her attorney says bail is set for $100,000, and she is looking at possible prison time.
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