STOCKTON — A family is looking for answers after a 3-year-old girl died while undergoing a dental procedure in Stockton on Monday.
The coroner’s office has identified the girl as Daleyza Avila Hernandez.
“I don’t want this to happen to another mother like it’s happening to me,” said Araceli Avila, Daleyza’s mother.
Araceli Avila spoke to FOX40 in Spanish. She says a dentist at Western Dental referred her to the Children’s Dental Surgery in Stockton.
“All I did was I took my daughter to the dentist because they were going to fix her teeth, and about 30 minutes later they brought her back dead,” Avila said.
Avila shared photos of her daughter before the surgery — vivacious and full of life.
“When we left for the hospital she ran after me, got into the van, and she was very happy,” Daleyza’s father Jose Hernandez said.
Avila says she wasn’t allowed inside while the surgery took place, and while waiting for her daughter she saw an ambulance.
“And I stood up and went outside because I was like ‘they are coming for a kid,’ but I never thought it was for my child,” Avila said.
Moments later a nurse took Avila aside and said something went wrong. They told her that her daughter’s heart had stopped — that maybe she had underlying heart issues.
“My daughter was very healthy,” Avila said.
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