Doctor Henry Mazorow, a Ohio dentist, is being investigated in the death of 13-year-old Marissa Kingery, who became unresponsive during dental surgery to remove several teeth and died after being taken off of life support about two weeks later.
According to a report on Fox 8 Cleveland, Marissa was undergoing the extraction at the dentist’s office under anesthesia. The Coroner’s Office says it appears as if Marissa Kingery died at the result of a lack of oxygen to the brain.
Dr. Mazorow, who is 81 years old, has never had complaints lodged against him.
Death of a child during dental procedures is fairly rare. In Washington state, between 2005 and 20007 there were approximately seven deaths of patients during dental procedures. Back in 2008, Dr. Fred Quarnstrom, a Seattle Dentist and a University of Washington dental instructor expressed concerns to Gov. Gregoire that dental deaths were not being investigated thoroughly and that one dentist received a anesthesia permit though he had not completed a one year general anesthesia residency.
Anesthesia medical errors are often a result of inadequate monitoring of the patient or improper administration of anesthesia medications. These are two of the most frequent areas of medical malpractice.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We have more than 40 years experience representing wrongful death cases caused by medical malpractice.