A dentist is being investigated after a woman died in his chair shortly after he gave her medication to prepare her for an operation.
The incident took place in the town of Corato, which is located in the Metropolitan City of Bari, in the southern Italian region of Apulia, and it is currently unclear what medication the young woman was given.
The victim, who has been named as 42-year-old Doriana Scardigno, who was a mother and a successful architect, reportedly went to the dentist’s and died minutes after the dentist allegedly gave her some pre-operation medication.
Doriana was “in good health”, according to her family’s lawyer, but she did not turn up to the gym where her husband, who has not been named, was waiting for her after her trip to the dentist’s, and the dentist is now being investigated for manslaughter, as is his unnamed assistant.
The dentist reportedly tried to revive the woman after she stopped breathing in his chair, but his attempts were in vain. He reportedly phoned the police, who arrived on the scene.
Her body was taken to coroner Antonio De Donno for examination on Thursday evening (14th January).
The Trani Public Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation into manslaughter, and an autopsy will be performed tomorrow (Tuesday 18th January).
Andrea Calo, the lawyer representing the victim’s family, said: “At present, it is not possible to form hypotheses about the causes that led to the death of Mrs Scardigno, which, evidently, will be determined by the autopsy. In any case, we are talking about a young woman who was in good health.
“The circumstances of her death have left us stunned and dumbfounded, especially in consideration of the fact that the incident took place in a lightning-fast manner within a protected medical environment such as a dental office.”
He added that the family is calling for the authorities to do their utmost to establish who was responsible for her death and to what degree.