SAN RAMON (KPIX 5) — A bill making its way through California’s legislature would require dentists to inform parents about the dangers of anesthesia in the wake of a toddler’s death after a procedure at a Bay Area dentist.
3 year old Marvelena Rady’s parents never imagined their daughters visit to the dentist over the weekend would turn fatal.READ MORE: VIDEO: Cars Impounded for Reckless Driving Following Daytime Oakland Sideshow
Marvelena had a root canal and was given anesthesia, but she never woke up.
It’s been a little over a year since Tim Sears’ son Caleb died during a dental procedure – He went to an oral surgeon to have a tooth pulled – the surgeon recommended general anesthesia, but Caleb stopped breathing during the procedure.READ MORE: San Francisco Real Estate: Long-Time Tenants Get $475,000 Buyout To Move Out Of Apartment
Now Caleb’s parents are channeling their grief into political action, fighting to pass a law to make sure parents are informed about the risks, and their rights when it comes to anesthesia and dentistry.
They have teamed up with East Bay Assemblyman Tony Thurmond.
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Marvelenas exact cause of death is still being investigated. Her dentist, Dr. Dang from Dentalbliss did have a license to perform anesthesia, and the California Dental Association says the licensing process is in depth and extensive. But, in this case the dentist was doing two jobs.