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Boy, three, died during routine dentist procedure to remove some of his teeth

Abiel Zapata died after visiting the dentist on Thursday (Picture: KSNW)

A three-year-old boy died during a routine trip to the dentist after he had an ‘unexpected reaction’ to the anesthetic used to sedate him.

Abiel Zapata passed away on Thursday after visiting the Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry in Wichita, Kansas, to have several teeth pulled out due to a gum infection.

The dentist sedated him for the procedure according to his mother, Nancy Valenzuela, whose last words to her son were ‘you’re going to be fine’, reports KSNW.

She told the TV network that Abiel cried when he had the injection but told her son’‘Papi, everything’s going to be OK’.

Abiel was sedated for the dental surgery (Picture: NY Pictures11)

But about three minutes after the boy had been sedated and while the dentist worked on his lower jawline, Abiel’s pulse began to slow down and his cheek swelled up, according to a police incident report.

The boy was then given CPR and was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

His heartbroken mother, Nancy, said she never got to see her son before he died.

‘We didn’t expect to come out of there without a child’, she said.

A Wichita police spokesman told KAKE-TV that Abiel likely suffered an allergic reaction to the medic used to sedate him for the procedure.

‘It is believed that the child had an unanticipated reaction to medicine provided during the course of his dental procedures’, said officer Trevor Macy, adding that there isn’t any criminal investigation into the heartbreaking incident at the moment.

Nancy added: ‘As a mother, you feel like you failed him because you didn’t do anything to protect him.

Nancy Valenzuela, a mother of three said Abiel had a gum infection (Picture: NY Pictures11)

“I couldn’t do anything for you, but I will investigate”, it’s what I told him.

‘It’s the only thing I can do and bring awareness.’

gofundme page has been set up by a friend of the Valenzuela family who describes Nancy and her husband, Angel Zapata, 28, as ‘the type of people who often go out of their way to help those in need’,

Abiel’s was Nancy and Angel’s middle child and leaves behind two siblings, Jaquelyn, aged six, and Gabriel, who is two. 

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