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If there is one medical procedure that many people in Cleveland have had it is wisdom teeth surgery. It is an extremely common surgery for individuals to undergo, especially teenagers and young adults. Even though there are relatively few reports of surgical errors during wisdom teeth extractions, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t risks associated with the procedure.

Whenever someone needs general anesthesia, he or she could potentially sustain some serious injuries if the anesthesiologist is not paying close attention to the patient. If, for example, a patient’s heart slows, his or her brain may become deprived of oxygen. In the best case scenario, a prolonged lack of oxygen could mean a serious brain injury, but it could also prove fatal.

Sadly, that is what happened to a 17-year-old girl who died two years ago following what otherwise could have been a normal wisdom teeth surgery. The anesthesiologist failed to revive her when her heart rate slowed and the subsequent brain injury left her in a coma for 10 days. At the end of those 10 days, she passed away.

Immediately following their daughter’s death, the girl’s parents filed a medical malpractice claim against the surgeon, the anesthesiologist and the two physicians’ medical practices. The parents sought to hold the medical professionals that should have gotten their daughter through a normal surgical procedure without incident liable for her untimely and tragic death. Recently, the lawsuit was confidentially settled out of court. Currently, no one is able to comment on the terms of the settlement.