Routine Tooth Extraction Became a Life Threatening Situation for a Promising 17- Year Old Minnesota teen

What was supposed to be a routine wisdom teeth extraction for a Minnesota teen last Tuesday turned, unexpectedly, into a life threatening situation. She has been placed on a ventilator after she suffered a cardiac arrest that led to multiple seizures.

“What started out as a normal day soon turned anything but normal,” Diane Galleger, 17-year-old Sydney’s mother, wrote on a Caring Bridge page. “Sydney went in this morning for a simple, common wisdom teeth extraction. All went good until the very end when her blood pressure shot up and her pulse dropped and then she went into cardiac arrest,” Galleger wrote.

Sydney was hospitalized at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital where she was operated on to remove a brain swelling. She was put on a ventilator to help her get breathing, reported by reported.

On Monday, Diane wrote on the page that despite her poor health, Sydney is hanging on and continues to fight for her life.

“We are so devastated that this happened to our precious daughter and are still trying to process and make sense of it all. She is in very critical condition and of course we are praying for a miracle but we also have to face the reality that the prognosis is not good,” she wrote.

.Sydney loves to dive and was an alpine skier. Her high school teammates from her high school’s different teams, including the Eden Prairie baseball, hockey, and Lacrosse teams have been giving her support and wearing her name initials on their jerseys, promising to “Play for Syd.” The girl’s team won the state event in lacrosse which title they dedicated to her.

“To all her friends, family and people that she didn’t even know Sydney who came to pray for her, words cannot express our gratitude,” Diane posted. “We believe a miracle happened today as a result of all the prayers because she started breaking even more on her own, and cough and we swear she wiggled a toe.”



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