Mother in coma after getting surgery on wisdom teeth
HILO, Hawaii – A Hawaii mother’s family says she went to the dentist for a routine dental procedure, but never woke up.
She is now in a coma and the family says doctors are waiting and watching to see if they can help her.
Kristen Tavares is a 23-year-old mother of two who went in to have all four wisdom teeth pulled at a dentist’s office in Hilo.
But something went wrong and she reportedly went into cardiac arrest.
Tavares was eventually flown to Maui Medical Center, where her family says she’s unresponsive, and her heart is too weak to do medical procedures.
Family members say more tests are planned, but there is no timeline for her recovery.
Tavares has a 4-year-old son and a three-month-old baby at home that the father’s family is caring for.
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, a 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.