A former Houston dentist was formally charged Monday with failing to properly treat a sedated 4-year-old patient
who was left with permanent brain damage in what should have been a routine procedure.
Bethaniel Jefferson, 40, who lost her license to practice in Texas in November, was indicted
by a Harris County grand jury on a felony charge of causing serious bodily injury to a child
by omission, according to the district attorney's office.
After sedating a four year old child for a dental procedure the patient had a seizure.
The dentist waited four hours before calling for medical help!
The child suffered permanent brain damage.
Amazing to me that it took a year and a half for the indictment.
Fortunately it only took 13 days for her dental license to be suspended.
The same dentist was reprimanded in 2012 for failure to meet standard
of care when sedating a minor patient.
http://www.tsbde.texas.gov/documents/la ... ferson.pdf
http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas ... 340318.php
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states ... on-dentist
http://www.houstonpress.com/news/harris ... en-9635577
The more I read the more disturbing this case becomes!
Mylesia Fulford, a former dental assistant at Diamond Dental clinic, said such standards of dental care were routinely violated when
she worked at the clinic during two stints, from 2007 to 2008 and 2012 to 2014. She left well before Nevaeh's January appointment.
In a lengthy statement taken by Moriarty and provided to the Harris County District Attorney's Office, the state dental board and in an
interview with the Chronicle, Fulford described a host of problems at the clinic: that Jefferson didn't calculate sedative amounts based
on a patient's weight; that dental assistants performed procedures they weren't licensed to perform; that most children were put in a
papoose and many were heavily sedated as well; that procedures, often unnecessary, were added to the dental treatment plan to
which parents had agreed; and that marketers were hired to solicit patients from households with Medicaid dental insurance.
"Medicaid is how Dr. Jefferson made a living," Fulford said. She told the Chronicle and authorities that Jefferson "abused the system."
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/ho ... 386012.php
https://newsone.com/3375578/houston-tod ... al-office/