The dentist who used a body bag to restrain a 5-year-old Georgia girl in order to pull one of her teeth is in the hot seat. The body bag, which is called a Papoose, has apparently been used by the dentist before and he does not see it as a problem, and neither does the American Dentistry Association.
As reported by ABC News on July 2, Dr. Mary Hayes, a spokeswoman for the American Dentistry Association, said the Papoose is a board that is designed so that kids can be safe during their dentist visit because it keeps them from moving around during a procedure. A spokesperson for the Georgia Board of Dentistry stated that there are no rules, laws, or regulations regarding when and how dentists can use restraints like a papoose board.
The origin of a Papoose dates back to Native Americans who used the cradle boards http://kikfo27k.livejournal.com/2149.html as a baby or child carrier when moving from place to place. The board, which supports the childs back and neck, used to be wrapped with blankets to keep the baby snug, warm, and safe.
However, the so-called papoose board used by the Georgia dentist at Smiles-R-Us in Carrollton, Georgia, on 5-year-old Elizabeth Crow was nothing snug, warm, or safe -- but designed like a body bag that could hold a corpse.
The 5-year-old girls dad, James Crow, says that he went with his mother Evelyn Crow and his daughter Elizabeth to the Georgia dentist because his daughter needed to have a tooth pulled. According to James, he and his mother were not allowed in the exam room, and as they were sitting in the waiting room, he heard the most horrific screams.
When he and his mom rushed into the exam room, they found Elizabeth unattended and in physical restraints. I couldnt see my kid in the body bag just strapped down to the bed, I couldnt handle it, Crow said. This little girl was frightened I had to carry her out, she was shaking so bad, James mother said.
In response to the dentist using a body bag on James Crows 5-year-old daughter Elizabeth, the dental office said that parents sign a consent form, that the form is read to parents, and that the parents are allowed to stay with the child if the papoose board is being used. However, James Crow does not recall any consent form and stated that the only thing they said was they were going to put her on some laughing gas. The dentists office commented that they used the body bag or papoose board because 5-year-old Elizabeth did not want to cooperate.