Girl's Death Blamed on Sedatives in Dentist's Chair
Autopsy report says sedatives, anesthesia likely to blame
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2014 10:04 AM CDT
Finley Boyle.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Drugs are likely to blame for the death of Finley Boyle, the 3-year-old Hawaii girl who died a month after going into cardiac arrest during a root canal at a Kailua dentist's office on Dec. 3, according to the official autopsy report. The report says the combination of sedatives and anesthesia Finley received during the procedure probably caused her death, the AP reports. The report noted that Finley was healthy, and ruled out any signs of an underlying heart condition or an allergic reaction.

The medical examiner's office ruled the toddler's death an accident, and no charges have been brought against Dr. Lilly Geyer, KHON reports; however, Finley's family has filed a lawsuit claiming Finley was not monitored for 26 minutes while she was under sedation. Geyer's office has since shut down, but Geyer's attorney calls the Boyle family's allegations "unproven." (Meanwhile, a young mother in Hawaii is in a coma following wisdom teeth surgery.)

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Mary Kilbride
Nov 16, 2014 9:01 PM CST
Why is a root canal being done on a 3 year old? Did she have her adult teeth already?
Mar 24, 2014 12:20 PM CDT
Drugs were most NOT likely to be the cause of death just like the car is not responsible for the drunk driver killing! Yes, drugs were involved; however, the irresponsible FAILURE TO MONITOR (like the Michael Jackson death) was act that led to this avoidable, sad death of this 3 year old.
Mar 24, 2014 11:53 AM CDT
Hawaii has expanded Medicaid and unethical dentists will be trying to suck as much out the system as possible, IMHO.