23-year-old Chinese engineer succumbs to complications after routine dental procedure

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Wang Aoji

31st January 2024 – (Shenzhen) A 23-year-old automotive engineer in Shenzhen suffered a fatal brain haemorrhage following what should have been a routine dental surgery. Wang Aoji, who had recently ascended to the role of engineer at a renowned car manufacturer in Shenzhen after graduating from a prestigious Beijing university, tragically passed away after complications from wisdom tooth extraction at the Kuichong People’s Hospital in Shenzhen’s Dapeng New District.

The case, which has sent shockwaves through the local community, began on the morning of July 30th last year. Wang sought treatment for inflamed and painful wisdom teeth, a condition he had been enduring for two months. Despite a lack of any prior history of hypertension, heart disease, or diabetes, Wang experienced a sudden collapse while undergoing a panoramic X-ray after the extraction procedure. He was immediately attended to by medical staff who administered glucose and oxygen after he regained consciousness and disclosed a history of previous fainting episodes.

The situation rapidly deteriorated as Wang began vomiting and convulsing on the way to the emergency department, where a CT scan revealed intracranial bleeding. An urgent craniotomy was performed at the Shenzhen Pingshan District People’s Hospital, but despite the two-hour surgery, doctors declared him brain-dead. Wang remained in a coma for 14 days until his death on the evening of 12th August.

The subsequent forensic report by the Zhongshan University Judicial Appraisal Centre concluded that Wang’s central nervous system dysfunction and eventual multiple organ failure were consistent with spontaneous intracranial haemorrhage following the dental surgery. Despite the intensive medical intervention, his life could not be saved.

The Shenzhen Harmonious Doctor-Patient Relationship Coordination Centre’s People’s Mediation Committee has provisionally determined that there is no direct causal link between the dental surgery and Wang’s death. This interim assessment, however, conflicts with the family’s suspicion of medical malpractice. They had sought compensation of 1.8 million yuan, while the hospital reportedly only agreed to a settlement of 600,000 yuan.

The Shenzhen Dapeng New District Bureau of Education and Health is currently investigating the matter to determine if there were any breaches in medical standards and to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated.