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Toddler dies of possible morphine overdose
San Antonio Express-News ^ | 12/28/2009 | Eva Ruth Moravec - Express-News

Posted on 12/28/2009 11:30:16 AM PST by Responsibility2nd

A toddler who authorities said was possibly given too much morphine during a dental procedure died Sunday night.

According to the Bexar County medical examiner's office, Maddoux Cordova was pronounced dead at 7 p.m. at Wilford Hall Medical Center, where he had been treated for about two weeks after complications arose from the Dec. 11 dental procedure.

Mark Stinnett, attorney for Maddoux's dentist, said the procedure took place at an outpatient surgical facility. An anesthesiologist administered his medication, Stinnett said.

The 22-month-old was being treated for a decaying tooth, family members said. According to a spokeswoman for the San Antonio Police Department, his grandmother called 911 around 2:15 p.m. on Dec. 11, just hours after his procedure, to report he wasn't breathing.

He was then hospitalized until Sunday, when family members decided to remove him from life support, relatives said.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: justdamn; morphine
Just Damn.
1 posted on 12/28/2009 11:30:17 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Wilford hall, thats the Air Force hospital.


2 posted on 12/28/2009 11:32:53 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

That’s really sad. But it does bring up a question in my mind - why is a toddler getting dental procedures? I’ve never heard of that. I thought they still had baby teeth...??? Somebody fill me in.....


3 posted on 12/28/2009 11:35:44 AM PST by Grumpybutt
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To: Responsibility2nd

This MIGHT become a larger issue with adults. My fiancee’s late ex-husband was a big time pain pill junky. Apparently there were numerous times where he would go in for surgery and the normal dosage of anesthetic didn’t work to keep him down. He actually woke up in the middle of a procedure begging for more anesthetic, and when they were bringing him out of it in post-op, he actually fought to stay under “for the high.”

For those of us under a rock, apparently the recreational use of pain medication is a burgeoning industry with meds like Vicodin and Percocet fetching anywhere from $50 - $200 A PILL on the streets.

My own brother, three years my junior, is an on-again-off-again pill user, and he’s thrice stolen from our mother for drug money and pawned most of his valuables for a fix. This article may be dealing with a child, but the dumbed down, doped up masses are crying for more fixes with Obama prescribing “a pill for all that ails you!”


4 posted on 12/28/2009 11:37:17 AM PST by rarestia (Confutatis maledictis, voca me cum benedictis)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Wonder about the accuracy of the report. I doubt an anesthesiologist would use morphine for the procedure when there are far better drugs to use for pain and sedation in a kid like Fentanyl and Propafol, both of which have far quicker onset and shorter duration then morphine.


5 posted on 12/28/2009 11:37:50 AM PST by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: Grumpybutt
why is a toddler getting dental procedures?

Because he had dental problems, presumably.

My son had 5 caps on his teeth at age 20 months. The enamel was weak or just not there.

6 posted on 12/28/2009 11:43:28 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Sad. RIP.


7 posted on 12/28/2009 11:44:15 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Grumpybutt

I know of lots of kids (via parents blogs/forums, etc.) that’ve had major dental work at young ages because of cavities. Could be b/c the kids teeth are just weak and decay easily. Could be b/c they had a habit of leaving the baby with a bottle in bed. Or from too much juice in the diet.

Gotta fill them even if they will fall out, in order to protect the gums.

Reminds me. My 3 year old is about 3 months overdue for a check up.


8 posted on 12/28/2009 11:47:19 AM PST by elc
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To: Grumpybutt

My oldest had 4 rotted baby teeth when he was under 5. All 4 were pulled because there was a risk of infection. They were rotted to the gum line from “milk mouth”. The next 2 did not get bottles of milk at night. :-)


9 posted on 12/28/2009 11:48:00 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Oh, ok, well that makes sense. Learned something new today :O)


10 posted on 12/28/2009 11:48:43 AM PST by Grumpybutt
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To: Responsibility2nd

22 months old? Decaying tooth? WTF? None of this makes sense...the tooth was probably in his mouth for what? 5 months? 8 months? SURGERY?!?!?

LAWSUIT....BIG BIG BIG LAWSUIT.


11 posted on 12/28/2009 11:51:11 AM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: Kozak

Yes, but what is the cheapest route?

I know nothing about this poor family. But assume they are uninsured.

I believe this poor kid has set the standard for what Obama-care will soon be for all of us.


12 posted on 12/28/2009 11:52:43 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (During this joyous Christmas season, I'd like you to know....A reindeer bit my sister once.)
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To: Grumpybutt

“why is a toddler getting dental procedures?”

There are severals things that can cause that. Being put to bed with a bottle of milk all of the time, being given sugery drinks all of the time can do it, and many medications can also cause tooth decay young.


13 posted on 12/28/2009 11:52:43 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: rarestia
For those of us under a rock, apparently the recreational use of pain medication is a burgeoning industry with meds like Vicodin and Percocet fetching anywhere from $50 - $200 A PILL on the streets.

I believe you, but I personally don't see the appeal. I have some Vicodin that I have on hand for occasional severe GI pain. It works, but I don't think I could get addicted to it--the side effects are too unpleasant. The stuff makes me itch like crazy and feel like a zombie, so I don't take anymore than I absolutely have to. The doctor says the itching is not an allegeric reaction in my case, just a fairly common side effect of the drug. Percocet does the same thing to me, but worse.

14 posted on 12/28/2009 11:53:46 AM PST by Huntress (Who the hell are you to tell me what's in my best interests?)
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To: chris_bdba

Thanks for filling me in ya’ll.


15 posted on 12/28/2009 11:54:05 AM PST by Grumpybutt
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To: chris_bdba

sugery= sugarey (ie pop, juice, koolaid, etc)


16 posted on 12/28/2009 11:54:27 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Responsibility2nd

Terrible tragedy but this story does not ring true on soooo many points.

My guess is the boy aspirated on some food or candy given to him as a treat for being so brave.


17 posted on 12/28/2009 11:59:40 AM PST by Cyman
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To: Responsibility2nd

WTF is a dentist administering MORPHINE to a child? I would think a local and another form of pain relief would be standard.


18 posted on 12/28/2009 12:01:17 PM PST by nagdt ("speak the truth but leave immediately afterward")
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To: driftdiver

Yes, it is an Air Force hospital and works with the city of San Antonio as a trauma center required to treat military and civilians. Believe that Brooke Army Medical Center does the same. Also believe they are reimbursed by someone for all treatment


19 posted on 12/28/2009 12:01:36 PM PST by supermop (Somebody has to clean up the mess he will leave)
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To: Grumpybutt

Or, why would he have morphine instead of a local like novacaine?


20 posted on 12/28/2009 12:19:48 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: nagdt

Ditto.


21 posted on 12/28/2009 12:30:13 PM PST by A Strict Constructionist (How long before we are forced to refresh the Tree of Liberty? Sic semper tryannis)
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To: Responsibility2nd

My babies never had a bottle. They went straight from the breast to sippy cup at six months. No juice, either. My pediatrician said to never give them juice in a bottle and I never did. She was really down on juice, said it was just sugar water, even real fruit juice. I always thought it was healthy, but she convinced me it was evil in a cup. If I didn’t make it, they didn’t drink it. Needless to say they never had tooth problems as babies or children, and they don’t have any cavities now.


22 posted on 12/28/2009 12:32:51 PM PST by sportutegrl (I was for Sarah Palin before being for Sarah was cool.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

No uninsured kid is going to get his baby teeth worked on by a dentist under sedation with an anesthesiologist. Not gonna happen.


23 posted on 12/28/2009 2:33:21 PM PST by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: NEMDF
Or, why would he have morphine instead of a local like novacaine?
Lots of painful ( or just scary )procedures are done on little kids with sedation to keep them from being terrified.
24 posted on 12/28/2009 2:36:17 PM PST by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: Kozak

I agree. Even laughing gas would have been a good sedative, followed by novacaine or lidocaine... but #morphine# i hope it wasn’t done by a resident atleast


25 posted on 12/29/2009 3:09:05 PM PST by happybuttonpusher
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