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Postby stomperrob » Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:53 am

Bizarre!!!

British girl starves to death after dentists pull all her teeth
Tue Feb 10, 11:44 AM
By Jill Lawless, The Associated Press

LONDON - Eight-year-old Sophie Waller cracked a baby tooth eating candy, and set off the chain of events that led to her death.

Sophie refused to open her mouth for a dentist so doctors at her local hospital took out the tooth in an operation, one of the doctors told a coroner's inquest. They removed all seven of her other baby teeth at the same time to avoid the need for future operations, the doctor said.

After the surgery Sophie refused to eat or even open her mouth for her parents, the couple told the inquest. But she was sent home anyway, and starved to death three weeks after the operation.

The parents said the hospital mishandled Sophie's follow-up care, referring them to a child psychologist who told them not to worry about Sophie's plummeting weight. Sophie's mother, Janet Waller, said she also was told to consult her family doctor, who prescribed nutrition drinks over the phone but did not see the girl in person.

Pediatric pathologist Dr. Marie-Ann Brundler said Sophie died at home Dec. 2, 2005 from kidney failure caused by starvation and dehydration. The inquest was told Sophie weighed 72 pounds when she went into hospital and lost a third of that weight before she died.

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Re: Girl starves to death after dental visit

Postby wickerkat » Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:12 am

christ, what the f were these parents doing? after my kid lost TEN pounds i'd have him/her at the doctor - that's just tragic
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Re: Girl starves to death after dental visit

Postby dream_017 » Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:57 am

Way to go parents ;-7

parent: my daughter had all her teeth extracted and is losing weight at a rapid rate
doctor: call somebody else, but don't bring her in
parent: OK
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Re: Girl starves to death after dental visit

Postby Metroid » Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:14 pm

What a "feel good" story to start my day with.
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Postby WaCougMBS » Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:38 pm

Metroid wrote:What a "feel good" story to start my day with.


Seriously. This is horrible :-t

It does make me appreciate my parents for not being complete numbskulls like these people though, so I guess it's not all bad :*)
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Re: Girl starves to death after dental visit

Postby Madison » Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:57 pm

Wow. 8-o

So many people at fault and places to lay blame on this one. Hard to believe so many different people were involved and the poor girl still died. :-o
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Re: Girl starves to death after dental visit

Postby A Fleshner Fantasy » Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:58 pm

This is pathetic. Say what you will about the doctors, who almost assuredly handled it poorly, but ultimately, this is just another case of parents trying to lay blame on others when they are at fault.
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Re: Girl starves to death after dental visit

Postby Cowboys 4 life » Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:10 pm

My mom woulda been like "boy you better eat or I'm taking away Nintendo." And I ate period!!! Too much to risk.
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Re: Girl starves to death after dental visit

Postby portisfan24 » Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:14 am

I've read that a couple times and still don't see why they removed ALL her teeth? What the hell is up with that? Oh and the parents are idiots too.
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Re: Girl starves to death after dental visit

Postby houstonherdfan » Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:04 am

That's socialized medicine for you. The fualt lies with all of them. The taking of all the teeth was because it saved time and money (1 surgery instead of 7). The hospital probably feklt that she would be more likely to eat in a familar setting (when she didn't parents should have taken her back to the hospital). The doctor didn't see her because it was not discribed at the girl being sick (at least thats hjow the artcle made it seem). The parents because thay were just plain stupid.
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