A Tragic Appointment
A now-deceased San Antonio area dentist is being sued for medical malpractice after he incorrectly administered anesthesia and left his patient his severe brain damage. The incident occurred almost exactly a year ago when Maria Elena Lugo Querales went in for a dental procedure requiring anesthesia in May 2022. According to San Antonio Express-News, everything seemed normal at the office, and the doctor appeared to be fine – she was unaware that he had just been reported as a missing person the day prior after getting lost near his home due to a medical condition that was affecting his cognitive abilities. According to the complaint, the dentist administered an incorrectly large dose of anesthesia and left her without a heartbeat and without breathing for long enough for her to contract anoxic encephalopathy, which is a severe injury to the brain due to a lack of oxygen.