Judy Gan, aged 64, a retired children’s librarian and a grandmother, was to have 20 teeth extracted, and some implants and grafts performed by her dentist, Dr. Rashmi Patel on February 17, 2014. Patel’s Enfield Dental Surgery is located in Connecticut, USA.
Dr. Patel’s Enfield Dental Surgery in Connecticut
In the course of the extractions, she became unresponsive as her oxygen levels fell drastically, so the dentist’s assistants requested their senior to stop the surgery and ring for 911. However, Patel did not heed his juniors’ advice because he wanted to finish the entire job in one sitting. He did this, according to medical records, although he knew that she had pre-existing medical problems.
The death occurred when the dentist was late in realizing that one of his monitors wasn’t functioning. At this point, Gan told Patel to stop and help her. In response, he injected her with a reversal agent. Though his assistants begged him to stop the procedure, he was firm in stopping only when the patient’s oxygen levels fell below 60. When this happened, Patel agreed to call in 911. Gan was taken to Bay State Medical Center, Massachusetts, where she was declared dead.