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Teen dies after cardiac arrest at wisdom teeth operation

Sydney Galleger, 17, went into cardiac arrest during the teen's wisdom tooth extraction operation on Tuesday, her anguished mother has written. CaringBridge

Sydney Galleger, 17, went into cardiac arrest during the teen’s wisdom tooth extraction operation on Tuesday, her anguished mother has written.

Enlarge Galleger, a diver and Alpine skier, passed away early Friday. CaringBridge

Galleger, a diver and Alpine skier, passed away early Friday.

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Sydney Galleger, 17, died early Friday morning, her mom says.

A Minnesota teen passed away early Friday after going into cardiac arrest three days earlier during a routine dental procedure, according to reports.

Sydney Galleger, 17, a junior at Eden Prairie High School outside Minneapolis, was nearly finished getting her wisdom teeth pulled when “What started out as a normal day soon turned anything but normal,” her mom Diane Galleger wrote in a heartfelt journal of her daughter’s struggle on the Caring Bridge health support website.

All of a sudden, the diver and Alpine skier’s blood pressure “shot up,” her pulse fell and she went into cardiac arrest, her mom says.

The dentist’s staff and quick-arriving paramedics rushed to perform CPR on Galleger, and the emergency personnel rushed her to the hospital after her heart began beating again. She was later transferred to University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, where doctors told her parents that the teen may suffer from an unknown heart condition.

Friends and relations posted well-wishes in Galleger's hospital room, but their beloved Sydney died when doctors could do no more for her on Friday morning.CaringBridge

Friends and relations posted well-wishes in Galleger’s hospital room, but their beloved Sydney died when doctors could do no more for her on Friday morning.

It wasn’t clear Tuesday night why Galleger hadn’t awoken and the teen started to suffer seizures, but doctors told her family the light swelling on her brain was a good sign. Less than 72 hours later, the girl’s brain had swelled so much that it broke the drain that doctors had installed and her pupils became two different sizes.

At around 3 a.m. Friday, the doctors said she was gone, which was “the most devastating news we have ever received,” her mom said.

“We want to rewind to Monday where we had our happy, healthy, funny, beautiful 17-year-old daughter,” Diane Galleger wrote. “As we look at all the pictures covering her hospital walls, we can’t believe this same happy, healthy, funny, still beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend is lying in that hospital bed.”

Galleger noted that her daughter had signed up to donate her organs, which were still healthy.

“We are still in shock that this has happened but knowing that a part of Sydney will live on and give someone else life, gives us some comfort,” she added.

Tributes have been pouring in on social media and on sports teams in the tight-knit suburban city. Local baseball players who went to school with Galleger donned wristbands in her honor in a game the day after she passed away, according to a photo on the team’s Twitter feed.

Also on Saturday, the Eden Prairie boys lacrosse team taped her initials on their helmets and the girls team donned ribbons in their hair to memorialize her as they won the state championship, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Other classmates simply attempted to come to terms with her death through a series of online eulogies.

“The little amount of time that I knew Sydney Galleger was not enough,” one friend wrote in a blog. “The fact that I had seen her just a day before this tragic event occurred deeply saddens me, and I cannot imagine the unbearable sorrow the family is feeling today, and will feel every day ahead.”

She added, “Sydney was beautiful inside and out. She was kind, generous, and loving to everyone she met. Anyone that had the chance of knowing her felt that it was a privilege, and an honor.”

Galleger is survived by her mother, her father Steve and her brother Jack. The family hosted a ten-hour vigil for her at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie on Saturday, according to the Caring Bridge journal.

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