A Goodlettsville dentist is being hailed a hero after he resuscitated a six-year-old child who had an unexpected medical emergency in his office.
The girl had a seizure while getting a tooth filled on Monday afternoon.
Dr. Eric Wood began administering CPR while an office staffer quickly called 911 and explained to the dispatcher the girl was under local anesthesia and began convulsing.
By the time medical units arrived, the girl, who had been under the same type of anesthesia before without a problem, was awake and responsive after Dr. Wood performed 16 rounds of CPR.
Pediatric dentist Dr. David Snodgrass knows Dr. Wood and said his quick actions likely saved the girl's life.
"It is unfortunate she had a seizure, but the dental office is probably the safest place to have it. The Tennessee Dental Association requires all dental employees be CPR certified. I know Dr. Woods. He is PAL certified and we all have defibrillators in our office. Thank goodness they were in Dr. Wood's office when this occurred," Dr. Snodgrass said.
The little girl's mother told Nashville's News 2 by phone that her daughter has recovered from the incident and has been released from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Dr. Wood said he was never advised by the girl's mother that there was any history of seizures in the family.