A California dentist has dropped dead suddenly in the middle of performing a routine treatment on a patient, according to reports.
The dentist died last week after suffering an unexpected cardiac arrest.
The death was confirmed by the California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
The unnamed dentist’s sudden death occurred on December 21 and was reported to state officials on the same day.
According to the Kern County coroner’s office, the cause of death was confirmed to be cardiac arrest.
The Bakersfield Californian reported that the death occurred at the office of Dr. Sandra J. Gong in Arvin.
The identity of the dentist has not been confirmed by authorities.
In one of the more tragic recent stories, the family of a young Australian nurse has been left devastated after she suddenly died on Christmas Eve.
Ashley Denness worked for Sydney‘s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.
She was vacationing with her partner’s family in the Whitsunday islands off Queensland when she collapsed.
Her devastated mother Debbie Negru told Daily Mail Australia that Ms. Denness – who turned 34 during the trip – suffered a “kind of seizure” after spending a happy morning crab-catching,
An ambulance was called and Denness was rushed to Proserpine Hospital in the city of Mackay but had another seizure on the way there.
Despite desperately trying to save her life for 45 minutes, hospital emergency medics were unable to revive her.
Ms. Negru is now demanding answers from Brisbane‘s coroner as to “why a healthy 34-year-old woman has died so suddenly.”
“She had just told me what a great year it’s been and I know she didn’t want to die,” Negru said.
“I hear her calling ‘Mum’ when I try to go to sleep which isn’t much these days.
“The sparkle has just been taken out of our lives and we still cannot comprehend this.”
Denness had worked for the Alfred’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 12 years and helped critically sick and vulnerable children.
In the past seven months, she had in a role transporting sick and premature babies to hospital care by helicopter.
Her best friend Samantha Bozinovska said it was her “dream job” and that she “was a very special nurse who touched so many lives with her irreplaceable personality, charm, wit, empathy, and caring soul.”
“Ash was a cherished daughter, loving sister and sister-in-law, adored life-long partner, fun auntie, trusted friend, an incredible nurse and colleague as well as a loving mum to her fur babies.
“She embodied everything you ever needed and wanted in a person.
“She made everything feel so effortless and just like home.
“Ash was that sparkle in every room.”