A 14-month-old girl who went into cardiac arrest at a Texas dental practice reportedly did not require the treatment she was being given.
Daisy Lynn Torres was taken by her mother, Betty Squier, to the dentist to have treatment on two cavities.
But when Daisy was sedated by a trained anesthesiologist, she stopped breathing. The dentist, Dr. Michael Melanson, called 911 and Daisy was rushed to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
An autopsy performed by the Traverse County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Daisy died as a result of complications related to anesthesia. But a separate conclusion was even more startling.
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“One can only speculate as to why any treatment was performed considering no indication of dental disease or pathology was seen in dental radiographs,” the report stated, according to KEYE. “It is possible that the partially erupted teeth may have had a congenital enamel defects but not necessarily requiring treatment with a child of this age.”
Squier explained that in the course of the procedure on Daisy, Melanson came out into the waiting room to tell her that Daisy actually had six cavities and four crowns would have to be fitted.
“He told me things have changed, [and it's] six cavities,” Squier said, according to Inside Edition. “We're going to go ahead and do four crowns and two fillings.”
Squier agreed reluctantly.
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“I allowed him to do it because I trusted him,” she said.
Austin Children’s Dentistry suspended Melanson after the autopsy’s release.
Betty and Eli, Daisy’s father, were angered by the autopsy.
“Why in the world, in the middle of a procedure does a dentist come out and ask a mother: ‘Hey, I’m going put four crown[s] on baby teeth a 14-month baby that we know are going fall out anyway.’ People I talked to say [it's] completely unnecessary,” Sean Breen, the family’s attorney, told Inside Edition.
But Melanson maintains the treatment was necessary.
“There is no evidence that either the mother, the anesthesiologist or the dentist did anything to cause the event. The best interest of the child was everyone's only goal. Our hearts continue to go out to the family,” the dentist's attorney said in a statement.