Sad End Patient Dies During Visit To Dentist

A dentist has been charged with death of a 64 year old patient who flatlined while having 20 teeth extracted.

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

Dr Rashmi Patel was charged with criminal negligent homicide and tampering with evidence after turning himself in on Tuesday, according report said.

He has denied any wrongdoing.

The patient, 64-year-old Judith Gan, died in hospital on February 17 2014, after undergoing treatment to remove the teeth and insert the implants at Patel's surgery in Enfield, Connecticut.

State dental regulators concluded that Patel failed to adequately respond when Gan's oxygen levels dropped dangerously low.

Gan's death and other incidents prompted the State Dental Commission to suspend the Patel's license in December, pending a review of his practice.

But, the dentist's lawyer Paul Knag said the commission did not revoke Patel's license.

"In the Dental Commission proceeding, multiple expert witnesses testified that Dr. Patel followed the standard of care," he said.

"The state's seeking of criminal charges is contrary to this evidence and inconsistent with the decision of the Commission not to revoke his license."

The commission said in a report that Patel "ignored" signs that Ms Gan, of Ellington, was in distress, including the drop in her oxygen levels, changes in the color of her face and hands and wheezing and gurgling sounds.

It said Patel, also ignored warnings from his dental assistants that Gan was in danger, and the he should not have attempted to perform so many procedures on Ms Gan in one office visit given that her medical history included a heart attack six months before the visit, two strokes within the last two years and medication that could have affected her response to the sedation.

When one of Patel's assistants yelled that Ms Gan was "flatlining," Patel tried to revive her while the assistant called 911.

The patient was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Patel is also said to have violated care standards in December 2013 when another patient under conscious sedation to have teeth extracted inhaled a piece of gauze, which was designed to protect him from swallowing foreign objects.

The patient began flailing, his blood pressure spiked and he was rushed to a hospital but recovered.

Patel, who posted $25,000 bail, has denied any wrongdoing in his treatment.

A lawyer for Ms Gan's husband has said a lawsuit against the dentist is planned.

Download our mobile app today.

Android - Google Play Store

iPhone - Apple App Store

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 Photos 25 SCARIEST photos from Asantehemaa's funeralbullet
2 In Kenya Mother, daughter accused of witchcraft, burnt to deathbullet
3 From Allen Avenue to Snapchat The evolution of the Nigerian Sex Workerbullet
4 In Sunyani Landlord kills tenant for not flushing toiletbullet
5 In the US 17 year old girl charged with raping a man at knifepointbullet
6 Crook Real Estate agent in court over alleged N7.8m theftbullet
7 Fry Pan To Fire Man loses teeth, burns face as e-cigarette...bullet
8 End Times Charms, coffins, underwear found in Edo church...bullet
9 In Lagos Court remands bus conductor for allegedly...bullet
10 Evil Genius End of the road for fake lawyer who won...bullet

Top Videos

1 In Taiwan 50 pole dancers on Jeeps escort politician’s funeral processionbullet
2 In China Cheating husband force to wear pad, bra as punishmentbullet
3 Road Sex Man filmed having sex with road at a car parkbullet
4 Video The horrifying moment lion attacks and kills handler in...bullet
5 Prez. Nana Addo's inaugural speech Mixed reactions from...bullet
6 Strange creature seen in Accrabullet
7 Hungry Boybullet
8 Scottish police do the Running Manbullet
9 Video Man goes swimming naked; fish bites his penisbullet

Filla