A 14-month-old girl died after a procedure at Austin Children’s Dentistry on Tuesday morning, the Travis County medical examiner’s office said.
Daisy Lynn Torres was pronounced dead at the North Austin Medical Center at 11:57 a.m., just two hours after EMS got the call to come to the dentist’s office in Austin, Texas, officials said.
Torres’ autopsy was performed today, and her cause of death is pending, medical examiner officials said.
The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners opened a case about Torres’ death after hearing about it through media reports, said Lara Antone, board spokeswoman. A dentist has 72 hours to report a death to the board.
When reached by phone, Austin Children’s Dentistry declined to say what Torres’ procedure was or what went wrong, citing patient privacy.
The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners will launch an investigation to gather information from dental records, the medical examiner’s office, the dental office, the dentist and anyone else who was there, Antone said.
"Daisy was a happy baby full of life," said Jessica Castaneda, Daisy’s aunt. "She had just celebrated Easter with her family. She went to the dentist. Then her mother called me and asked me to pray because something went wrong and they were taking her to the hospital. Next thing we know, we’re planning funeral arrangements."
Castaneda said they don’t know much yet and are awaiting the results of the autopsy.
The family is raising money for Torres’ funeral expenses on a GoFundMe page.
None of the six dentists listed as working for Austin Children’s Dentistry have been disciplined in Texas for any action before, according to Texas State Board of Dental Examiners records.
The board has a website where visitors can search the disciplinary records of any dentist, hygienist, assistant and lab in Texas.
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