July 17, 2009

Dentist sued for losing tools in patient

A Winter Park, Fla., dentist was negligent when he twice dropped tools down the throat of an elderly patient who later died, a lawsuit filed Friday alleges.

Charles K. Gaal Jr., 90, was resuscitated after a cardiac event on June 13, 2007. He died six days later, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported.

Dr. Wesley Meyers of Aloma Park Dental failed to take precautions to avoid dropping his dental tools down Gaal's throat, the suit filed in Orange County Circuit Court alleged.

The suit claims Meyers dropped an implant screwdriver tool down Gaal's throat on Oct. 4, 2006. A colonoscopy retrieved the tool. On May 1, 2007, Meyers dropped a mini-wrench and a ball attachment on an implant down Gaal's throat, the suit says, and the ball was never found. The wrench lodged in Gaal's lung and was surgically removed, the suit says.

The suit claims Gaal never recovered after that surgery.

The Sentinel was not able to contact Meyers.