Millions of people are convinced by the dentists to do a wisdom tooth surgery which is unnecessary and dangerous as well. In this article, we will present you a case from Maryland, where the parents of a teenager had to sue the oral surgeon for medical malpractice. Their teenage girl died after having a wisdom tooth surgery.
Jenny Olenick, a 17 year-old girl underwent a wisdom tooth surgery and sadly died due to the outcome of the operation. This same surgery is performed on more than 5 million people in America per year. This surgical procedure proved to be more than harmful, because the girl died in April from complications during the outpatient procedure.
Her mother said for ABCNews.com:“It’s so hard. She was the only one we had.”
Her parents filled a sue in Howard Country Circuit Court according to which, the oral surgeon, Dr. Domenick Coletti, and the anesthesiologist, Dr. Krista Michelle Isaacs, were careless and failed to bring Olenick back to life after the drop of the heart rate and the level of blood oxygen.
Her father refused to comment the case, but still a spokeswoman for the family said that the girl’s parents hope to reveal the risks of this surgery and the necessity of improved emergency training for oral surgeons and dentists.
Nicole Cunha, a friend of the parents as well as the executive director of the Raven Maria Blanco Foundation claimed:“Something should have been done at the first sign of the emergency happening. If they hadn’t waited so long, Jenny would still be here.” The main reason why this non-profit group was formed was to protect pediatric dental patients.
After the investigation, it was determined that the main reason why the girl died is the lack of oxygen during the period she had been anesthetized which is known as hypoxia.
Unfortunately, this is not the only case. ABC News affiliate WSBTV, reported another case where a 14-year-old body Ben Ellis of Gilmer County, Ga., also died in his bed Dec. 8, a day after his wisdom tooth surgery.
The Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office also investigated this case.