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Lawsuit filed over dental procedure that left child brain dead


3-year-old Finley Boyle has about 2 days to live

UPDATED 7:52 PM HST Jan 02, 2014

HONOLULU A 3-year-old girl left brain dead after a dental procedure has about two days to live, according to her mother.

Finley Boyle went into cardiac arrest about 26 minutes into a multiple root canal in Kailua. Now, her parents are suing the dentist.

Mother Ashley Boyle says Finley is clinging to life, but time is running out. MRIs show that lack of oxygen resulted in severe and permanent brain damage.

“We were all hoping, even the doctors are in tears,” said Boyle. “They all have children too. We were all waiting for her to wake up.”

But, secretions are building in her lungs, too fast for her body to expel. Finley is at Hospice Hawaii with little time left.

This nightmare could have been avoided, according to attorney Rick Fried, if Island Dentistry had properly administered and monitored Finley’s drugs and vital signs.

The lawsuit alleges that Finley was given five different sedatives and anesthetics without consideration of how the combination of those drugs would react on the body of a 3-year-old girl.

“It appears most of the work said to be necessary by Dr. Geyer was not necessary. Secondly, the drugs given were as though given individually,” said Fried.

Fried claims the Island Dentistry staff was not adequately trained for emergencies, and on this day had to run down to the hall to get help from a pediatrician. Record keeping during the procedure, says the lawsuit, was reduced to two scribbles on slips of paper.

Dr. Geyer’s office is now closed. Her attorney did not return our calls.

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