Woman in coma after dentist visit

HAWAII (CNN) – In Hawaii, a woman’s family says she went to the dentist for a routine dental procedure, but never woke up. Now they say doctors are waiting and watching to see if they can help her.

Kristen Tavares is seen here in happier times.  The 23-year-old mother of two went in to have all four wisdom teeth pulled at a dentist’s office in Hilo, but something went wrong.

“She went into cardiac arrest and they had to use a defibrillator and shocked her, stunned her heart.”

She was eventually flown to Maui Medical Center where family says she’s unresponsive, and her heart is too weak to do medical procedures.

“We have to wait and see. They will run tests in the next few days or so but there as for right now is no timeline on what or when. It just takes time from here.”

“It’s so sad for them. It was supposed to be a day at the doctors and she was supposed to come right back to her family and now she can’t even wake up.”

Tavares has a four-year-old son and a three-month-old baby at home that the father’s family is caring for.

“It’s real hard, especially for her family and just having our three month old son and to be put in this situation is real hard. It’s very strenuous and stressful for everyone.”

The family says Dr. John Stover performed the procedure.  He has offices in Hilo, Kona and Waimea, and also does cosmetic surgery.

His website says he is triple board certified, and has training, license and experience in various types of anesthesia.  Court documents show he has been sued for medical malpractice in the past, but it was dismissed.

It’s unknown what caused the emergency in this case.  Dr. Stover did not return our calls or email.

The Hawaii county police department is not investigating at this point.

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