Child Death at VCU Medical Center - wtvr

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Sources tell CBS 6 News that on Tuesday, a six year-old boy from Chesterfield County died under anesthesia while receiving dental work at VCU's Dental Clinic.

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Sorry for your lost, I'll pray for the family
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Sorry for your lost. My prayers and thoughts goes out to the Family.
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Please pray for the family because they need it right now...you never expect a dental visit will cause you to not bring your child home...So sad...Prayer is what is needed
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Someone needs to be held accountable for this. What in the world could they have been doing to a 6 year old that he would need anesthesia? Normal dental care does not require that. Stop letting want a be dentists or doctors work on you or your children. I feel so sorry for the family.
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Such a tragedy. My sincere condolences to the family and friends.
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From Richmond wrote:
Someone needs to be held accountable for this. What in the world could they have been doing to a 6 year old that he would need anesthesia? Normal dental care does not require that. Stop letting want a be dentists or doctors work on you or your children. I feel so sorry for the family.


I'm glad you are an dental expert. Anesthesia is very common in children's denistry. That is why you go to a Peds Dentist.
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First of all if you do not know what you are talking about do not post things on the internet. Anesthesia for pediatric dental work is performed routinely and is not for normal dental needs. If a child needs extensive dental work and has severe needs then anesthesia is needed in order to keep the child comfortable and perform all the work in one visit without subjecting the child to numerous visits. Second of all the anesthesia and work done at the VCU Pediatric clinic is top notch and is performed by anesthesia residents who have extensive training in the area. Extensive dental treatment that requires anesthesia is not performed by "want a be dentist or doctors". This is a very sad incident and I am truely sorry for the family. This is why dental education for everyone is very important because people need to make sure to take care of their children's teeth when they are little, so that they do not end up in situations where anesthesia is needed to correct something that could have been prevented.
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I took my 2yr son to VCU in 2006 and the Dental Resident told me he had a cavity. Even though I found it strange, its not uncommon for children to have cavities. She told me that he will have to come back so she can fill his cavity. WHAT? Fill a 2yr old's cavity. Anyway, I took him to another Pediatric dentist for a second opinion. Didn't say a word just needed my son to get a check up. He said "he's fine." I said what about the cavity, he says what cavity? I said the one the Resident at VCU told me he had. The dentist says this child DOES NOT have a cavity. So Dental Professional, they are not that top notch. You may be a student or a former student trying to take up for them. Grant it no one knows exactly what happened - but dont proclaim how top not the School of Dentistry is.
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'From Richmond' is a plant. He/she is simply trying to stir up trouble to make for better news. Don't play into it.
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If a two-year-old has a cavatiy, it seems like it might actually make sense to fill it, considering they are going to have that tooth for some time. You don't want it to get worse and then require surgery do you?
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I was just at VCU's Dental Clinic about 3 weeks ago with my 2 1/2 year old son. He was put under mild anesthesia for his procedure. His front tooth was knocked out and went through his top lip. They had to extract the tooth and give him stitches in his lip. Although the paperwork you fill out says that complications can arise from the anesthesia because they don't know how the individual will react you never want to assume the worst. My son did fine through his procedure and him and I were treated excellent by the staff and doctors at the Dental Clinic. My heart goes out to the family that has to experience such and awful tragedy.
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You know what pointing fingers doesn't bring this child back. Majority of the patients seen at the school of denistry are those without health insurance or on state insurance,these people aren't experiments and I think that from this error and all there is a lesson to be learned. No one wants the death of a person on there hands. Grant it we all have to learn but rememeber the dumbest question is the one that wasn't asked. God put your havenly arms around this family and the students, residents,and doctors. Hold them and guide them through this time sorrow.
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I am sorry but I agree with Peaches. I have 6 children and have tried numerous dental clinics and these so called "pediatric dentist" are a sham in my opinion. They have asked to have my kids put to sleep for a filling and extractions...nothing big, thats for sure. I didn't agree about the anesthesia so they wouldn't touch them. So, I took them to a family dentist and they did just fine with a simple injection of novocaine. I believe that since I am on Medicaid they only get a percentage of their billing costs so they need to bulk the bill up one way or another. I also, had taken my kids to Kool Smiles and was informed that one of them had 6 cavities...I was like WHAT??? I then again took them to the family dentist and surprise not one single cavity to be found. These pediatric dentist should learn how to handle doing procedures on kids with as little intervention as necessary...if you don't want to deal with the problems a kid can create then don't be a peds specialist. I understand the use in extreme situations but it IS the norm now to recommend it for simple procedures.
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Peaches wrote:
I So Dental Professional, they are not that top notch. You may be a student or a former student trying to take up for them. Grant it no one knows exactly what happened - but dont proclaim how top not the School of Dentistry is.


Let me start by saying my son was born with a genetic condition where he only has a few permanent teeth. We discovered this when I took him to our private dentist when he was five. I was told then that the VCU dental school was the best place to take him which I did. He was seen at the dental school every 6 months from the time he was 5 until he reached the age of 17. They took excellant care of him during that time preserving his baby teeth as long as they could and then making him dentures during that time. He is now at the age where he is having extensive dental work done. I do not know what I would have done without the dental school.
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I am sorry but I agree with Peaches. I have 6 children and have tried numerous dental clinics and these so called "pediatric dentist" are a sham in my opinion. They have asked to have my kids put to sleep for a filling and extractions...nothing big, thats for sure. I didn't agree about the anesthesia so they wouldn't touch them. So, I took them to a family dentist and they did just fine with a simple injection of novocaine. I believe that since I am on Medicaid they only get a percentage of their billing costs so they need to bulk the bill up one way or another. I also, had taken my kids to Kool Smiles and was informed that one of them had 6 cavities...I was like WHAT??? I then again took them to the family dentist and surprise not one single cavity to be found. These pediatric dentist should learn how to handle doing procedures on kids with as little intervention as necessary...if you don't want to deal with the problems a kid can create then don't be a peds specialist. I understand the use in extreme situations but it IS the norm now to recommend it for simple procedures.
First of all dental procedures regularly use general anesthesia even in pediactric cases. There was nothing stated in any new cast that this was a "simple procedure" either. Please read the facts before trolling the forums for responses. This is the second news site I've come across your posts and it's quite frankly depressing that the American public is so ill nformed about our basic healthcare. As far as medicade goes, the hospital recieves a reduced amount of money regardless of the type of anesthesia used. The cost to you is defrayed because the american public foots the bill for you.(yes this is our tax money hard at work to pay for your kids needs.) So stating that MCV is "bulking up the bill" is not only slanderous but also ignorant. In real world senario's it does happen yes but to generalize every hospital in that catergory is obscenely steriotypical. I am sorry you have had negative experiences with dental work in the past but do not bash MCV and steriotype the established medical field for a bad personal experience.
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AMEN Peaches!!!! I could not agree with you more!!! I have heard nothing but horror stories of this clinic!!!!
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The clinic did not necessarily do anything wrong. There is always a risk with full anaesthesia, but if the child had the gene for Malignant Hyperthermia in the family, then full anaesthesia triggered a time bomb.

My father's cousin die many years ago during a simple miniscus operation. Afterwards, the doctors found out that there was the gene for Malignant Hyperthermia in the family. For years I carried a card warning about the condition in my walet until my father had a bone marrow biopsy which showed that the gene had not been inherited by our branch of the family (it is only passed on by males).

I feel sorry for the family as well as for the staff at the clinic. I am sure they are as affected by the tragedy as the family.
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My prayers go out to the family and friends of this child. What no one has mentioned, is that this may have been a severe allergic reaction and no one may be to blame. Blamming will not bring this child back, but there will be lessons/case study learned. I personally do not prefer VCU/MCV as my hospital of choice, but some people do not have a choice.
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Why in the world is a little child having general anesthesia for dental work?! General anesthesia is VERY DANGEROUS for youngsters!! I've had miserable treatment at the VCU dental clinic and wouldn't recommend it to anyone; they treat you worse than a cadaver, with no respect for your personhood. Now they've let a student kill a little child.
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Mom of 6 wrote:
I am sorry but I agree with Peaches. I have 6 children and have tried numerous dental clinics and these so called "pediatric dentist" are a sham in my opinion. They have asked to have my kids put to sleep for a filling and extractions...nothing big, thats for sure. I didn't agree about the anesthesia so they wouldn't touch them. So, I took them to a family dentist and they did just fine with a simple injection of novocaine. I believe that since I am on Medicaid they only get a percentage of their billing costs so they need to bulk the bill up one way or another. I also, had taken my kids to Kool Smiles and was informed that one of them had 6 cavities...I was like WHAT??? I then again took them to the family dentist and surprise not one single cavity to be found. These pediatric dentist should learn how to handle doing procedures on kids with as little intervention as necessary...if you don't want to deal with the problems a kid can create then don't be a peds specialist. I understand the use in extreme situations but it IS the norm now to recommend it for simple procedures.
Wow "MOMof6" has been all over commenting on this story! I've seen your complaint on the Times-Dispatch comments as well.

I also want to agree with Peaches. My children are patients at VCU Pediatric Dentistry, and I love the fact that there are at least 3-4 students surrounding, talking, engaging in my children. They are thorough, smart, they talk me through the procedure. No child is left without at least two supervisors going over the exam to discuss, in detail, what the dental student is working on. I feel safer going to VCU because the students who work there are eager learners and VERY careful with everything they do. Did I mention they are extremely patient? I feel better knowing my money is going to an institution that is supporting BETTER dentists than a commercialized place where you're only a number and they deal with so many children, they don't have the patience anymore. You can NOT blame VCU, or the Dental school for this isolated incidence. And other posters are right - sometimes accidents happen. It's such a shame for the child and family. They are in my heart.

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