The mother of 14-month-old Daisy Lynn Torres has been wrought with grief since her baby girl died while under anesthesia during a dental procedure.
Daisy’s mother, Betty Squier, told Inside Edition: “I never thought Daisy would die going to the dentist.”
The toddler had her baby teeth when her mom took her to Austin Children’s Dentistry to fill two cavities in March.
Pediatric specialist, Dr. Michael Melanson, told her that Daisy needed to be put under anesthesia.
A promotional video shows how Dr. Melanson reassures jittery parents about anesthesia.
“If a child is nervous in the dentist office which is more common that you think,” he said in the video. “We can bring them back for a sedation appointment [to] make sure they’re calm and comfortable and safe.”
Daisy was sedated and the procedure was underway when Betty says the doctor suddenly appeared with startling news.
“He told me things have changed, [and it’s] six cavities,” she told Inside Edition. “We’re going to go ahead and do 4 crowns and 2 fillings.”
Betty says she had reservations about putting a crown on baby teeth.
“I allowed him to do it because I trusted him,” she said.
But while Daisy was under anesthesia, she went into cardiac arrest.
Dr. Melanson called 911 as Betty called her husband Eli, who rushed to the scene as Daisy was rushed to the hospital.
“I was scared. I was very scared,” the emotional father said.
Daisy died at the hospital.
For Daisy’s devastated parents, heartbreak turned to anger after the medical examiner’s autopsy concluded that the child likely died of complications relating to the anesthesia, but it also revealed something shocking.
The autopsy said: “One can only speculate as to why any treatment was performed considering no indication of dental disease or pathology.”
The family’s attorney Sean Breen told Inside Edition: “According to the autopsy report, there was nothing wrong with Daisy. She didn’t need the procedure. She died because of the procedure.”
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He added: “Why in the world, in the middle of a procedure does a dentist come out and ask a mother: ‘Hey, I’m going put 4 crown on baby teeth a 14 month baby that we know are going fall out anyway.’ People I talked to say [it’s] completely unnecessary.”
Dr. Melanson insists the dental work was necessary and he did nothing wrong.
His attorney sent Inside Edition a statement saying: “There is no evidence that either the mother, the anesthesiologist, or the dentist did anything to cause the event. The best interest of the child was everyone’s only goal. Our hearts continue to go out to the family.”