Edmonton Dentist to Pay $330,000 After Patient Left with Permanent Brain Damage

A retired Edmonton dentist has to pay $330,000 related to the case of a young girl who suffered permanent brain damage following a dentist appointment nearly two years ago.

Amber Athwal was four years old when she was given anesthesia for a dental procedure in September 2016 with Dr. William Mather. She suffered cardiac arrest and was rushed to hospital.

In February, the Alberta Dental Association and College found Mather guilty of unprofessional conduct.

“This is certainly an exceptional case and it’s extremely rare. The magnitude of this is not approached by previous sort of historical events,” Randall Croutze, CEO of the Alberta Dental Association and College, said.

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