Grimsby Newspapers
Boy Passes While Under Anaesthesia
Grimsby Independent, 27 Dec 1951, p. 1

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Date of Publication:
27 Dec 1951
Date Of Event:
24 Dec 1951
Personal Name(s):
DeWitt, Charles
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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A 10-year-old Fruitland Boy, Charles DeWitt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford DeWitt, died on Monday while under an anaesthetic when having teeth extracted at the office of Dr. Aubrey Crich.

An autopsy was later performed by Dr. Lorne Whittaker, pathologist of the St. Catharines General Hospital, at the Stonehouse Funeral Home. The boy, who had not been in good health, is believed to have died from shock or cardiac arrest.

A nurse was in attendance with the dentist at the time. Immediately that it was noticed anything was wrong with the boy, he was given oxygen, and artificial respiration was applied. Dr. A.F. McIntyre was called and worked on him for over an hour before he was pronounced dead.

Dr. Harold Latham, Beamsville coroner, was called and ordered an autopsy. The pathologist's report was not immediately available, but Dr. McIntyre said that, in his opinion, no blame of any kind was attached to the dentist.

A pupil of Fruitland Public School, the child is survived by parents, a sister, Florence, his grandmother, Mrs. Georgina DeWitt, and grandfather, Arthur McBride.

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Boy Passes While Under Anaesthesia