by Kyle Swenson
The dentist holding the pliers when a 13-year old Elyria girl lost consciousness and slipped into a two-week coma that ended with her passing is hanging up the hat, according to new reports. Unfortunately, it’s also come to light that Marissa Kingery wasn’t the only patient to die on Dr. Henry Mazorow’s watch.
The Chronicle-Telegraph reports this morning that the 80-year-old Lorain dentist has agreed to give up his practice, at least for now. The thought of this guy getting back into the ring with patients is even more troubling now that the death count’s been upped to two.
The paper reports in 1997, 57-year-old Rosemary T. Johnson died as Mazorow was removing six of her teeth. The patient had a reaction to the anesthetic and died of a cardiac arrhythmia.
The state dental board took no action against the doctor after the death, but a civil suit was brought against Mazorow by Johnson’s family. The plaintiff hauled out two medical professionals — an oral surgeon and an anesthesiologist — to testify that the doctor “violated certain standards of care.”
The suit ended in a $550,000 settlement.
Marissa Kingery probably didn’t know anything about this when she walked through the doors of Mazorow’s office on December 21. At some point during the procedure the girl lost consciousness. She died two weeks later.