The parents of Daisy Lynn Torres have filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging their daughter died as a result of anesthesia administered during treatment for tooth decay. Daisy Lynn was 14-months-old when she died.
Daisy’s mother, Betty Squier, took her child to the dentist on March 29, 2016 to get two cavities fixed. When they arrived a mobile anesthesiologist was there. The dentist and the anesthesiologist told Ms. Squier to sit down with Daisy while they put her under. After she was under, they told her to leave the room. Roughly 10 to 15 minutes into her procedure, the dentist came back and told Ms. Squier that he was going to fix six cavities instead of two. Soon after, Ms. Squier was alerted that her daughter had gone into cardiac arrest. Within a few hours, Daisy was pronounced dead. The autopsy report released by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that her death was caused by the anesthesia.
What makes this story even more tragic is the fact that a forensic dental examiner questioned why Daisy was undergoing dental procedures at all. “One can only speculate as to why any treatment was performed considering no indication of dental disease or pathology was seen in the dental radiographs in the dental visit dated 03/29/2016,” noted Robert Williams, a forensic odontologist.
The lawsuit also alleges that Daisy’s death was the result of a corporate scheme to bill Medicaid for unnecessary dental procedures.