Vancouver 4-year-old dies after dental procedure, family says


Vancouver 4-year-old dies after dental procedure, family says

Authorities say a 4-year-old southwest Washington boy died after undergoing a dental procedure.

Mykel Peterson never woke up after getting a shot of general anesthesia before dental surgery. Thmeka Curry tells KGW her son was on the autism spectrum and had a hard time keeping his mouth open. "I just went into shock like, 'This is not really happening right now.' So, I'm just texting his dad and coworker and friend, and they're just like, 'He'll be OK, '" Curry said.

Paramedics were called to the dental office Friday and the boy was pronounced dead at a hospital that afternoon. "He's had it done before so it wasn't anything I was afraid of at that point", she said.

A medical examiner is now looking into the cause of death, and the toxicology reports will not be ready for at least eight weeks.

Miller said his organization is looking into what happened and recommends parents ask questions of both the dentist and the anesthesiologist.

Mykel's mother Thmeka Curry speaks about his death
Mykel's mother Thmeka Curry speaks about his death

Curry says Mykel was a sweet and happy boy, who was developmentally delayed.

Peterson's cause of death has not been determined yet. Cause of death pending.

Must Love Kids said in a statement that staff were "heartbroken and devastated" by Mykel's death but could not comment on specifics given the medical examiner's investigation. We ask the community to join us in thoughts and prayers for the family. We will continue our devotion to providing the best care to our patients. It says it's used sedation and anesthesia "more than 1,900 times without incident" over the past 3.5 years. The statement says the clinic contracts with an independent, board-certified anesthesiologist who follows strict protocols.

Must Love Kids® is a Vancouver pediatric dentistry clinic founded to provide individualized, high-quality, state-of-the-art pediatric dental care for children in a fun, friendly atmosphere. "Dr. Chelsea Zamudio previously was the Chief Resident at the Westwood Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)".