4-Year-Old Dies During Routine Dental Procedure

4-Year-Old Dies During Routine Dental Procedure

In a simple trip to the dentist gone wrong, four-year-old Mykel Wayne Peterson from Portland, Oregon, who has autism, died after a routine dental procedure at Must Love Kids Pediatric Dentistry in Vancouver.

Mykel Peterson was having a cavity filled at Must Love Kids Pediatric Dentistry in Vancouver on Friday when the complications occurred.

"He wouldn't keep his mouth open so they can actually see what's going on", Curry said. She brought him to Must Love Kids because they specialized in treating children that have developmental issues. During Mykel's visit, he was given a shot of Ketamine, which is a common anesthesia drug.

'The dentist was telling me everything she did with this teeth and she was going to check to see if he was awake yet, ' Curry said.

While the procedure was a success, Curry became anxious when the dentist didn't come back after trying to wake him up. "For me right now, it's more of I just need to know what happened". Curry shared that she rocked her boy to sleep and even carried him in the room where he was put to bed. Paramedics were called and Mykel was rushed to a Washington hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Clark County Medical Examiner said determining the cause of death is pending.

The family is now seeking answers. So I can have that closeness for my son. "That's it", Curry said. In a statement released Monday, the dentist office says it's "heartbroken and devastated".

The statement said, "We contract with an independent, highly qualified and experienced board-certified anesthesiologist for anesthesia services who follow strict protocols, including a pre-operative checkup and clearance by the child's primary physician prior to the procedure".

"He will be forever loved for the way that he selflessly loved them and for the memories he left.He was loved by all and will be truly missed", the family wrote on Mykel's Go Fund Me page, where people can donate to cover the costs of Mykel's funeral.