On Friday, a 4-year-old autistic boy from Washington died during a routine dental appointment, which reportedly included a shot of anesthesia. Now, Mykel Peterson’s family is desperately seeking answers about the toddler’s death.
Mykel was a patient at Must Love Kids pediatric dental practice in Vancouver, Washington. Mykel was on the autism spectrum and had a difficult time keeping his mouth open during his appointments, reports KXAN.
Thmeka Curry, Mykel’s mother told local media that her son wouldn’t keep his mouth open during visits. She brought him to Must Love Kids because they specialized in treating children that have developmental issues. The practice also uses a board-certified anesthesiologist. During Mykel’s visit, he was given a shot of Ketamine, which is a common anesthesia drug. The anesthesia was used so that Mykel would be sedated and the dentist could check to see if he needed a filling or a crown.
Curry said the dentist was speaking with her about everything she had done during Mykel’s visit then went to check to see if the toddler had woken up. The mother said her son was given an extra dose of anesthesia to ensure that he did not wake up during the dental procedure.
Curry says that the anesthesiologist checked her son’s pulse then began shaking him. She said at that point she was unaware of what had happened. Staff members rushed into the room and began CPR. Paramedics were called and Mykel was rushed to a Washington hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A Washington medical examiner is currently investigating to determine the cause of death. FOX News reports that a toxicology report will not be available for up to eight weeks.
Curry says that she needs to know what happened to her son. She adds that she cannot have closure until she knows why Mykel died.
Must Love Kids Dentistry released a statement saying that it would be premature for them to comment on the case until the medical examiner determines the cause of death. The statement said the business has performed dentistry for pediatric patients “under deep sedation” more than 1,900 times without any incidents. The statement added that the dentistry worked with a highly qualified and board certified anesthesiologist who followed strict protocols. Those protocols include pre-operative checkups and clearance from the child’s pediatrician prior to any procedure being done, reports KGW Portland.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help raise funds to cover the Washington toddler’s funeral expenses. According to the page, Mykel was an energetic, loving and happy 4-year-old. He had a sincere love for his family. He loved holidays and family gatherings and that he was loved by everyone whose life he touched. The campaign has raised just over $7,000 in three days.
By Tammy Marie Rose