Sydney Galleger has died. The vivacious 17-year-old girl went to the dentist last week and something went horribly wrong while getting her wisdom teeth extracted. The Eden Prairie teen was in the dentist chair when this routine procedure turned into a crisis, leaving her fighting for her life, according to Sports Act on June 16.
This is the second time that the Minnesota teen’s death has been reported. She was comatose for several days and her death was mistakenly reported a few days back. According to the Star Tribune, Her mother posted on the website CaringBridge that Sydney has passed away.
Diane Galleger writes: “Our precious Sydney left this physical world [Monday] to live in eternity with God and Jesus forever. Her faith was strong, her heart was big, her laughter was infectious and her smile could light up a room.”
Diane Galleger kept family and friends updated since Sydney’s June 9th dental procedure turned into a crisis. Dian writes on Tuesday, June 9th: “What started out as a normal day soon turned anything but normal. Sydney went in this morning for a simple, common wisdom teeth extraction. All went good until the very end when her blood pressure shot up and her pulse dropped and then she went into cardiac arrest.”
Her mom continued for the next several days posting Sydney’s ups and downs and praying for a miracle. At one point the teen wiggled a toe, which gave Diane a bit of hope that her daughter would survive this horrendous health event, but she didn’t.
Sydney went to the dentist to have her wisdom teeth extracted last week and never regained consciousness again. While in the dentist chair her blood pressure spiked, her pulse dropped and she went into cardiac arrest. By the time she arrived at the hospital her brain started to swell, leaving her comatose for the following several days, according to CBS Minnesota.
When she went into this health crisis in the dentist chair, the surgeon and the paramedics administered CPR to Sydney, but she would not respond. She was transported to University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital she was stabilized after undergoing surgery to stop the swelling in her brain. She continued having seizures and in the last view days she demonstrated nine symptoms out of ten for the criteria used for pronouncing someone brain dead.
Sydney’s mother was by her side at the hospital and she was diligent about updating her daughter’s condition online on a daily basis. She writes at one point that the doctors had nothing more medical to offer, “As we met with a team of Drs. and nurses at 3 a.m., they let us know there was nothing more that could be done,” Diane Galleger wrote. “As you can imagine, that was the most devastating news we have ever received. We want to rewind to [last] Monday, where we had our happy, healthy, funny, beautiful 17-year-old daughter.”
What happened to Sydney while in that dentist chair is unknown, but her mother did write that one of the suggestions by medical personal is that her daughter possibly had an undiagnosed heart condition. Diane went on to write how her daughter made the decision to be an organ donor, it was stamped on her driver’s license. It gives the family some peace to know that she will live on by helping others.