A former dentist who was charged with causing brain damage to a 4-year-old patient made an appearance in court to end the month of July. The incident dates back to January of 2016 and resulted in brain damage to the child that doctors said cannot be repaired. The former dentist made her first court appearance in the case at the end of July.
A Harris County grand jury indicted the former dentist on July 24 for knowingly and intentionally causing injury to the child by omission. It is a felony charge, which comes after the former dentist failed to seek adequate medical attention for the patient. The former dentist turned herself into authorities in Montgomery County not long after the indictment was announced.
As a condition of bail, which the former dentist posted, she is not allowed to consult or practice dentistry. She has been accused of over-sedating the 4-year-old, who was in the office to have a tooth pulled. The former dentist had her license to practice dentistry revoked back in November.
The child has been confined to a wheelchair since the appointment in January of 2016. She cannot respond to instructions, nor can she walk or talk. The girl suffered a seizure and it took four hours for anyone to seek emergency medical care for the child.
The former dentist faces life in prison if she is convicted of the felony charge.
Injuries to children can be devastating for not only the child, but also the entire family. Therapy, rehabilitation and medical costs can mount quickly. Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney in Waco can alleviate some of the stress associated with such a tragic injury.
Source: Houston Patch, "Ex-Dentist Charged With Causing Brain Damage To 4-Year Old Patient Appears In Court," Bryan Kirk, July 31, 2017