A 64-year-old grandmother died in hospital soon after losing consciousness during a complex dental procedure.
Judy Gan, a retired librarian, was having 20 teeth extracted together with implants and grafts when she became unresponsive last February.
Dr Rashmi Patel, who owns the practice in Enfield, Connecticut where the incident took place, is accused of failing to halt procedures after Gan’s vitals dropped to dangerously low levels.
Dr Patel, who has practiced in the state for 11 years, is alleged to have ignored his assistants’ desperate pleas to call 911 after Gan stopped responding.
By the time emergency services could respond she was in a critical state, and doctors pronounced her dead upon arrival at hospital.
Dr Patel’s malpractice came to light thanks to an anonymous tip to the Department of Public Health following Gan’s death. He has since had his license suspended, although he controversially still runs two practices in the local area.
According to WFSB, Dr Patel has a controversial record.
Late last year, a 55-year-old man spent six days in hospital after aspirating a throat pack while under Dr Patel’s care. Dr Patel is accused of failing to stop working during the incident.
20 May 2014 | 2:29 pm – Source: metro.co.uk