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Lawsuit Alleges Major Red Flags in Yuma Boy’s Death Following Dental Visit

January 8, 2019
by Mike Pelton, ABC15 Arizona


A year after the death of a young Arizona boy following a dental procedure, a lawsuit is taking aim at everyone involved with the operation.

Zion Gastelum, 2, passed away four days after a visit to a Kool Smiles dental clinic in Yuma on December 16, 2017 .

“Everybody just is broken,” said Zion’s mother, Veronica Gastelum. “No, we’re not ok.”

According to a police report , Zion needed crowns for a severe case of cavities and was placed under anesthesia by a Phoenix-based anesthesiologist contracted by Kool Smiles. The dentist told officers the procedure went “well” and lasted for about 35 minutes.

Zion became unresponsive after the procedure and was rushed to the hospital. He was flown to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and was pronounced dead on December 20, 2017.

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