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Child who Died at VCU Dental Clinic had Irregular Heartbeat

June 29, 2010

The state medical examiner's office says a 6-year-old boy who died during treatment at a dental clinic had an irregular heartbeat caused by the removal of a breathing tube.

Office spokesman Larry Hill released the findings Monday.

Crystal Lewis said her son, Jacobi Hill, went into cardiac arrest May 11 after undergoing anesthesia while having caps put on several teeth at Virginia Commonwealth University's pediatric dental clinic in Richmond. He was pronounced dead a short time later at VCU Medical Center.

Lewis had said her son had asthma but no other known health problems and was cleared to have the dental procedure.

A VCU spokeswoman said Monday the university hadn't seen the medical examiner's report and couldn't comment.

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