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Woman in coma after oral surgery

A 23-year-old Hilo woman is in a coma after oral surgery on Monday.

Hawaii News Now reported that Kristen Tavares, a mother of two small children, went into cardiac arrest while having all four wisdom teeth pulled and didn’t wake up.

Family members told the Honolulu news outlet that the procedure was performed by Dr. John Stover in Hilo. The woman’s boyfriend said she went into cardiac arrest and a defibrillator was used on her.

Tavares was flown to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where she remained on life support, according to the family.

Her father, Joey Tavares, wrote on his Facebook page: “This is my daughter of 23 yrs who went to get her teeth pulled. NOW she in maui hospital fighting for her life!! she still didn’t wake up yet, everything is in the LORDS hand and I pray he gives her back to us,PLEASE hear our prayers.”

An employee at Stover’s office said Thursday that he “is not taking calls today.”


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