A family from Houston is on the verge of suing a dentist for malpractice after their daughter suffered extensive brain damage. Nevaeh Hall, the 4-year-old daughter of Courissa Clark, is currently in the hospital’s ICU, kept under strict surveillance. As a result of her stroke, the child cannot walk nor communicate with her mother.
More than two months ago, Courissa took her 4-year-old daughter, Nevaeh Hall, to a local dental clinic called the Diamond Dental Clinic in order to be treated for tooth decay.
Nevaeh’s dentist, by the name of Bethaniel Jefferson, told the family that Nevaeh’s condition is serious and that she needed immediate dental surgery.
After a 7-hour-long surgical intervention, the doctor came out of the OR and told the parent that everything was fine, except for the fact that her daughter began to shake quite violently during her surgery. Note the fact that during the operation, the toddler was immobilized using a medical device called a dental papoose.
Thinking that there is more going on, Courissa rushed her daughter to the local hospital in order to get Nevaeh Hall consulted.
The doctors at the local children’s hospital told the mother that her young daughter suffered multiple seizures during the surgical intervention. As a result of these seizures, the young girl suffered extensive brain damage, and her chance of recuperation are slim.
Stricken down by the doctor’s prognosis, Courissa immediately sought legal advice from Jim Moriarty, an attorney specialized in malpractice cases.
At the same time, an internal investigation has been started to determine what led to the child’s severe condition.
The Board of Dental Examiners from Texas analyzed Doctor Jefferson’s records of the surgical intervention.
According to the Board’ statement, corroborated by Moriarty’s findings, it would seem that the surgical intervention should have been a brief one. Moreover, during the act, the medical specialist used no less than five separate doses containing a powerful anesthetic to keep the young girl sedated.
Furthermore, the family’s attorney also pointed out that at the time Nevaeh arrived at the children’s hospital, she had a pulse of over 196 beats per minute and that due to the excessive use of narcotics, the young girls suffered several debilitating seizures.
On the 20th of January, the Texan Board of Dental Examiners decided to suspend Jefferson’s medical license temporarily. Subsequently, the board has also scheduled a hearing to see whether or no Jefferson should continue to practice medicine, considering the fact that this was the second time the doctor was involved in a malpractice case.
Presently, Nevaeh Hall, Jefferson’s patient, is now being held in the ICU, where the doctors are doing their best to reverse her condition.