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23-Year-Old Hawaii Mother In Coma After Wisdom Teeth Surgery

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Kristen Tavares, 23, went to a dentist in Hilo, Hawaii to have her wisdom teeth removed. During surgery she went into cardiac arrest and is now in a coma.

While at the dentist “she went into cardiac arrest and they had to use a defibrillator and shocked her, stunned her heart," Chauncey Prudencio, Tavares' boyfriend, told Hawaii News Now.

Tavares, the mother of two children, is suffering from swelling on her brain, according to a CT scan. Her heart is too weak for any additional medical procedures, reports the NY Daily News.

"We have to wait and see. They will run tests in the next few days or so but there is no timeline on what or when. It just takes time from here," said Prudencio.

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Dr. John Stover performed the dental surgery and has refused to discuss what happened during Tavares' surgery. Stover’s medical and dental licenses are in good standing, but he has received four complaints with the state since 2010.

Two of the complaints were thrown out for insufficient evidence. The two more recent complaints are still pending.

Local authorities are not investigating the incident with Tavares.

"It's really hard especially for her family and just having our three-month-old son and to be put in this situation is really hard," Prudencio said. "It's very strenuous and stressful for everyone."

This is not the first case of a patient falling into a coma during a dental procedure in Hawaii within the last year. Three-year-old Finley Boyle fell into a coma after suffering cardiac arrest while having a pediatric root canal in Kailua, Oahu at Island Dentistry in December, 2013.