4-Year-Old's Death Blamed on Anesthesia Following Standard Dental Visit

Mykel Peterson

Mykel Peterson

Mykel was pronounced dead at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, according to the Clark county Medical Examiner's Office.

The dental clinic specializes in treating kids with developmental issues, and a board-certified anesthesiologist administers the shots. It also says that he will be forever loved and missed for the way he selflessly loved his family and for the memories he left. "I just went into shock like, 'This is not really happening right now.' So I'm just texting his dad and coworker and friend and they're just like, 'He'll be ok'". "Be the voice for your kids", Curry told KGW said.

Mykel Peterson was put under with anesthesia to fill a cavity, but never woke up.

His mother Thmeka Curry said the dentist was repairing a previous treatment and had opted to sedate the boy because he was agitated during his last appointment.

"It has not actually hit me yet that my son is not coming back and I'm just numb at this point", Thmeka Curry told Portland, Oregon FOX station KPTV. KATU reported that a medical examiner is investigating to determine a cause of death, while a toxicology report will not be available for up to eight weeks.

"Now I'm in this situation where I'm sitting here waiting to know what exactly his cause of death was", Curry said.

"Make sure they clarify what's going on", she cautioned. We ask the community to join us in thoughts and prayers for the family.

Meanwhile, Must Love Kids Pediatric Dentistry has not released a comment regarding the matter, except for an official statement saying that the institution hires highly qualified and certified anesthesologists who have performed more than 1,900 procedures involving anesthesia and deep sedation in the last three and a half years. We will continue our devotion to providing the best care to our patients.

They said the use of general anesthesia is sometimes necessary to provide quality dental care. At least three children died while under dental anesthesia a year ago in the US.

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