Medical care centers, no matter their type, should be places of healing. And the sole responsibility of medical professionals is to make sure that their patients get better. They even swear a vow to always do what’s best for their patients. So when a medical professional is responsible for ruining the life of a patient, it’s even worse.
In one of the most tragic stories in recent United States medical history, dentist leaves 4 year old girl with brain damage. Even though the facts aren’t clear yet and a lawsuit is pending, it’s pretty obvious what happened if we’re to look at the existing evidence.
A visit to the dentist ended in tragedy for a family from Texas, as Navaeth Hall, a once perfectly healthy 4 year old girl suffered severe brain damage that left her unable to talk, walk, eat, or even see all that well. She went through the harrowing even when she went to the dentist’s office to have a few decaying teeth treated.
According to the Texas Board of Dental Examiners temporary suspension order, the girl started suffering from seizures soon after being sedated, to which Dr. Bethaniel Jefferson responded by attempting to treat them via oral medication (Halcion) instead of calling emergency personnel.
The girl suffered brain injury as a result, and is spending time at an in-patient rehabilitation facility. She’s going through multiple hours of all types of therapies every day, and she even had to get surgery to get a feeding tube into her stomach. She can’t talk, walk, or even see all that well.
One of the details that make this case so utterly sad is that everything could have been easily avoided. The suspended has already multiple disciplinary actions filed against her – in 2005 for not meeting the minimum standard of care and in 2012 for falling below the minimum standard of care in the sedation of a minor.
Her license was suspended at the end of January, and a meeting for the revocation of her license was scheduled for the end of the month. As expected, the family’s lawyer, Jim Moriarty, is going to file a lawsuit against Jefferson and he practice any time now.
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