Medical examiner says drugs led to three-year-old’s death

Finley Boyle

We’re learning more about what happened to a three-year-old Kailua girl who died after a visit to the dentist.

On Dec. 3, 2013, Finley Boyle had a heart attack while undergoing a root canal at Dr. Lilly Geyer’s office at Island Dentistry for Children in Kailua. She slipped into a coma and died a month later.

An autopsy report says the drugs that were given to her were partly to blame. According to the medical examiner’s office, a combination of sedatives and anesthesia administered prior to and during the procedure played a role in her death.

According to a lawsuit filed by Finley’s family, Boyle was in the office to get four root canals done. A technician gave her five different drugs, including Demarol and other sedatives, and the girl went into cardiac arrest.

Boyle’s attorney says records show the girl wasn’t monitored while she was sedated. Instead of checking her oxygen levels every five minutes, it wasn’t done for 26 minutes.

Boyle’s mother, Ashley, said nobody there administered CPR. Someone had to get a doctor in another office.

The medical examiner’s office ultimately ruled the death an accident.

No criminal charges have been brought against Geyer.

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