Anesthesiologist’s Deadly Cocktail: The Shocking Dental Surgery Scandal

A routine dental surgery in Marble Falls, Texas, has left a Miami woman with severe brain damage and in need of constant care. Maria Lugo Querales, the victim of this medical malpractice, was administered a “huge dose” of fentanyl by an anesthesiologist, Dr. Jerry Teague, who was terminally ill himself. The lawsuit filed by Lugo’s husband, Luis Espana, claims that the surgery was unnecessary and that Teague failed to intubate her before administering the excessive amount of anesthesia drugs.

The incident occurred on May 10, 2022, when Lugo’s heart stopped beating and she struggled to breathe. Teague allegedly gave her around 400 grams of fentanyl, along with other sedatives and anesthetics, without obtaining her informed consent. Dr. Robert Ertner, an anesthesiologist not involved in the case, stated that such a high dose of fentanyl for a tooth extraction was alarming.

Adding to the already suspicious circumstances, Teague had gone missing the day before the surgery, only to return home claiming dehydration and disorientation. Despite his wife’s concerns, Teague insisted on going to work the next day. Lugo, unaware of Teague’s disappearance, became his only patient that day.

Tragically, Lugo suffered an overdose of the anesthesia drugs without proper airway protection. Paramedics rushed her to St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, where the scheduled dental surgery was canceled. Two weeks later, Teague succumbed to his battle with cancer at the age of 70.

Lugo now resides in a neurological rehabilitation facility in Florida, requiring 24-hour care. She breathes through a tracheotomy and is fed through a tube. Espana has filed a lawsuit against the dental practice, Nunnally, Freeman and Owens, accusing them of negligence and performing unnecessary surgery. The dentists, Dr. Lane Freeman and Dr. Stuart Nunnally, deny the allegations, claiming that potential risks were discussed with Lugo before she consented to the procedure.

Interestingly, Lugo’s decision to seek treatment at the Texas clinic was influenced by an Instagram influencer, Dr. Ludwig Johnson, who had featured Freeman and Nunnally in a YouTube video discussing the risks associated with root canals. Espana argues that there is no scientific evidence supporting the necessity of the surgery.

The dental practice, in response, distances itself from Teague, referring to him as an “independent contractor.” However, Espana’s lawsuit points out that Teague was listed as the practice’s staff anesthesiologist. Teague’s troubled professional history, including previous lawsuits and a suspension in 2016 for stealing drugs from his patients, raises questions about his suitability for the role.

As the legal battle unfolds, the shocking dental surgery scandal continues to captivate attention. The devastating consequences of this alleged medical malpractice serve as a stark reminder of the importance of patient safety and informed consent in the field of healthcare.

 

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