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Hope fades for 3-year-old girl in coma


By Manolo Morales
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014, 5:35 PM HST Published: Thursday, January 2, 2014, 5:15 PM HST

Hope is fading for the 3-year-old girl who went into a coma after visiting a dentist in Kailua.

The mother, Ashley Boyle, with attorney Rick Fried held a news conference at a hospice in Kailua where 3-year-old Finley Boyle has been staying.

“She’ll probably be not be with us much longer. Maybe today or tomorrow. We’ll just try to keep her as comfortable as possible,” Boyle said.

It’s been nearly a month since Finley went into cardiac arrest and fell into a coma.

Boyle says they held out hope that the child’s condition might improve.

“I believe she can still hear me. We speak to her, we sing to her, play music for her all day,” Boyle said.

But Boyle says Finley’s condition is only getting worse.

“It sounds like she’s drowning in my arms. So yeah, I made the decision to ask them to increase the combination of drugs that she’s on to kind of put her to a more restful state,” Boyle said.

According to the lawsuit, on Dec. 3, Boyle took Finley to Kailua dentist Dr. Lilly Geyer to get four root canals done. A technician gave Finley five different drugs including Demarol and other sedatives. The girl went into cardiac arrest and Boyle says nobody there administered CPR. Someone had to get a doctor in another office.

“Had it been initiated at the correct time, she’d be walking out of the hospital right now,” Boyle said.

Boyle’s attorney says records show Finley wasn’t monitored while she was sedated. Instead of checking her oxygen levels every five minutes, it wasn’t done for 26 minutes, which is why the brain damage is so severe.

KHON2 visited Dr. Geyer’s office on Thursday and it was shut with no signs on it. She will have to respond to the lawsuit within 20 days.

Boyle says she would like others to learn from this, that it’s good to get a second opinion and it’s ok to question a dentist or doctor. If she had done those, Finley might be ok.