3-Year-Old Dies After Trip to Dentist
Finley Boyle was supposed to undergo several root canals
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2014 8:49 AM CST
Finley Boyle dies after a dental procedure.   (CNBCNews11)

(Newser) – When Ashley Boyle took her 3-year-old daughter to Hawaii's Island Dentistry for Children in November, she says she was told the child needed six fillings and four root canals. They returned for the root canals on Dec. 3; on Friday, Finley Boyle died, a month after suffering brain damage after the visit to Kailua dentist Dr. Lilly Geyer, reports CNN. The girl's parents plan to file a wrongful death suit, but Fox News picks up alleged details from an already filed negligence lawsuit. Per court documents, Finley was administered five sedatives and anesthetics, Demerol among them, and the "drugs given were as though given individually," reports KITV.

The family's lawyer alleges that Geyer had to leave her office and run to another part of the building to seek out a pediatrician who could perform CPR after Finley began to go into cardiac arrest; he claims the child went 26 minutes without anyone monitoring her. The suit claims Finley "suffered severe and permanent brain damage" due to the medications, and was left in a vegetative state—able to breathe on her own, but unable to survive without a feeding tube, which hospice doctors removed last week. Says the family's lawyer, per KHON, "I think the parents felt that Finley wouldn't want to live. I don't think any one of us would. She didn't know she was alive basically." Island Dentistry's website says the practice is closed for good.

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Mar 23, 2014 12:44 PM CDT
This is very scary! Also, this is very personal. I have a family of 5, 3 have perfect teeth. My youngest who is 4 is facing 9 root canals, we've already had 3 completed. We are doing a little at a time. A Root canal on a child is not the same as on an adult. It is technically a mini-root canal. Seeing an article like this where so many people say this is not normal or good is a bit unsettling. We go to a pediatric specialist who explained that the acid in my child's mouth is causing a lot of decay. Something about the chemical balance in her mouth being off. The main issue here as far as the dentist is concerned is the possibility that she could end up with Diabetes if she continues to eat the way she does. We have had a second opinion who said exactly the same thing. We are documenting her diet and will do other suggested tests to find out what the problem is and how to solve it. We are all in good health and nobody is overweight in our household, nobody in any of our family has diabetes and we all eat the same foods. I personally have had a lot of dental problems, so we think she may have inherited this from me, although I never had a root canal until my 30's. I do believe that Dentistry is different now than when I was a child. Everybody has an opinion but the truth is, there are always many sides to a story. I believe every parent wants the best for their children and a parent would not willingly place their child in harms way. We as parents trust that what a dentist, doctor, or teacher tells us is in our child's best interest. Does this scare me? Yes! I said the same thing that many of you are saying. How can this be? My daughter loves to brush her teeth. Parents can't be experts in everything, no matter how much we research. sometimes we just have to trust the experts. I could not begin to imagine the pain that Ashley Boyle has gone through.
Dennis Romary
Mar 21, 2014 7:29 PM CDT
Google this: Baby Bottle Syndrome It may answer the questions as to why a 3 year old could possibly need root canals at that tender age. I have treated such children. May She Rest in Peace
Jan 8, 2014 9:49 AM CST
6 filings and 4 root canals at age 3?