A Texas family has been awarded $95 million after their young daughter was left blind and unable to walk or talk due to the botched treatment, she received from her dentist in 2016 — but the heartbroken family likely won’t see a dollar of the hefty pot.
Nevaeh Hall was just 4 years old when she arrived at the Diamond Dental Practice in Houston in January 2016. She was sedated and strapped to a “papoose board” by her dentist, Bethaniel Jefferson, who intended to perform a baby root canal as well as place a crown on one of her back teeth, according to news release from the Hall family’s attorney, obtained by McClatchy News.
When the dentist started to drill however, Nevaeh almost immediately started to scream and convulse. It is now believed that she suffered a seizure. The girl was left with severe, irreversible brain damage and still suffers seizures to this day.
“Nevaeh Hall, now 10, is conscious, but can no longer see, speak, walk or eat on her own,” attorney James Moriarty said. “She requires 24-hour medical care.”
Bethaniel Jefferson was charged with injury to a child in connection with the 2016 incident involving 4-year-old Nevaeh Hall, according to a court clerk.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Jessica Schladebeck