Sedatives Likely Caused Toddler’s Dentist’s Office Death

HONOLULU (March 21, 2014) A 3-year-old Kailua, Hawaii, girl who suffered a heart attack during a visit to the dentist likely died because of the drugs given to sedate her, an autopsy report says.

A medical examiner concluded Finley Boyle probably died because of the sedatives and local anesthesia that were administered during the dental procedure in December.

The autopsy report classified the death as accidental.

The girl lapsed into a coma Dec. 3, 2013, in the office of Dr. Lilly Geyer at Island Dentistry for Children.

She died Jan 3.

Geyer's attorney John Nishimoto called the allegations "unproven," but declined to comment further.

The autopsy report says Finley received five drugs in preparation for cavity fillings and root canals.

The medical examiner noted her teeth were in good shape.

The girl's parents have filed a negligence lawsuit.


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