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It was supposed to be a simple procedure that millions of Americans endure in their lifetime, but one woman was left in a coma after having her wisdom teeth removed.
According to Hawaii News Now, Kristen Tavares, a mother of two small children, went into cardiac arrest earlier this week while having all four wisdom teeth pulled and did not wake up.
The 23-year-old Hilo woman was flown to a hospital in Maui where she remains in a coma.Tavares’ family said she went to Dr. John Stover for the routine oral procedure.
The New York Daily News noted that Stover has valid medical and dental licenses in good standing, but Hawaii's Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs website states that the doctor has received four complaints with the state since 2010. Two more complaints under his medical license were filed in 2012 and 2013 but since they are still pending, the details have not been released.
On his Facebook page, Tavares’ father Joey Tavares, posted a photo of his daughter with the message: “This is my daughter of 23 yrs who went to get her teeth pulled. NOW she in maui hospital fighting for her life!! she still didn’t wake up yet, everything is in the LORDS hand and I pray he gives her back to us,PLEASE hear our prayers.”