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Girl With Phobia Of Dentists Dies Of Starvation

Girl With Phobia Of Dentists Dies Of Starvation

Sophie Walker refused to eat after the hospital removed all of her milk teeth without permission…

A girl who developed a phobia of the dentist so severe she would not open her moth to eat, starved to death in her own bed after the hospital refused permission to readmit her.

Sophie Walker’s fears developed aged four after a dentist cut her tongue during a routine check up. When she cracked her tooth on a boiled sweet four years later, she refused to see the dentist and was referred to the hospital after refusing to eat for three days.

Doctors at the Royal Cornwall Hospital decided to remove all of Sophie’s milk teeth to avoid repeating the procedure.

dental death Girl With Phobia Of Dentists Dies Of Starvation

Mrs Waller and her husband Richard, 35, said that removing all of Sophie’s milk teeth had left their daughter traumatized and unable to eat.

“I signed a form to consent to have one tooth being removed, but not eight…
“The next thing I know she comes out of theater and there was blood all round her mouth. All her milk teeth had been taken out…
“She didn’t like dentists already so she was very freaked out. She had blood running all down her face. The poor girl was devastated…
“It was very scary for her. She soon needed a feeding tube because she stopped eating and drinking.”

After the operation, Sophie would not open her mouth and refused to eat. She was discharged but still refused to eat at home.

Mr. And Mrs. Waller claim they contacted the hospital on several occasions begging them to take a closer look at Sophie’s deteriorating health, but the hospital declined and instead referred to a child psychologist, Kerry Davidson, who told them ‘not to worry’.

According to the parents, Davidson repeated told them not to worry, as long as she was eating something.

Mr Waller said:

“It could have easily been avoided if we had just taken her into hospital instead of listening to that woman…
“If I had just said ‘I am going to take her anyway’ we would not be sitting here now.
“I asked her to come round and see her but she kept saying there is nothing to worry about and I’ll come next week.”

Sophie became so thin she could not walk on her own. She was found dead in bed on 2 December 2005. She weighed just four stone.

Mrs Waller, a nursery teacher, said:

“I kissed her goodnight and told her I loved her as normal…
“In the morning I noticed that Sophie looked like she was asleep so went to make a cup of tea and I though I’d wake up Sophie after…
“When I went up she was lying face up and I knew she was dead. She looked cold. I took her downstairs and Richard tried to perform CPR.”

Doctors found no food in her stomach or gut. Pathologist Marianne Brundle found she died of acute kidney failure because of starvation and dehydration.

The parents admit that their daughter was not seen by any doctor after leaving hospital, but blame the misguided information given to them by hospital and child psychologist.


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