Parents heartbroken after 3-year-old daughter dies at the dentist
Family and friends of a Stockton 3-year-old girl who suddenly died after undergoing oral surgery came together on Friday night for a vigil remembering her life.
Officials say the young girl died in the hospital after receiving the procedure at Children’s Dental Surgery Center, which is a non-profit ambulatory surgery center located in the 1500 block of East March Lane in Stockton.
David Thompson, the administrator of Children’s Dental Surgery Center in Stockton where the minor operation happened, said that she had a negative reaction to the anesthetics during treatment.
“All I did was I took my daughter to the dentist because they were going to fix her teeth, and about 30 minutes later they brought her back dead“, Avila said.
They say they haven’t been given an answer as to “how she died and what she died of”. She was there to have two teeth pulled and have caps put on two other teeth. She remembers standing up, knowing that they were coming for someone’s child, but it never occurred to her that it was for her daughter. “Consumer protection is the board’s highest concern and we want to extend our deepest sympathy to the family”, she said.
The nurse told the couple that maybe their little girl had an underlying heart problem that they weren’t aware of and reassured that they needn’t worry.
However, the 7:45 a.m. appointment took a heartbreaking turn when a nurse went to the waiting area and took the toddler’s parents aside and told them that Daleyza’s heart had stopped and that she was being taken to the hospital.
Araceli Avila told reporters that her daughter was “very healthy”.
“This is not an easy thing to deal with”. Apparently, they still haven’t revealed the child’s cause of death. “I’ve been doing this for nearly ten years now; I’ve never had a situation like this”, Thompson said. “That’s our mission, that’s why we’re here”, Thompson said, according to Fox40, adding that his staff is seasoned and highly skilled. They want to know how a simple dental procedure can end in tragedy.