The only public records that speak to that history today focus on her health starting after the complications during the surgery, including the autopsy report on Olenick's body after her death.

That report said Olenick was healthy and well-nourished, and found no evidence of a "physical disease process" like cardiomyopathy having occurred, according to David Fowler, the state's chief medical examiner.

The autopsy found that Olenick suffered acute hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, or damage to the brain from a lack of oxygen, and severe brain edema, or swelling of the brain tissue.

An autopsy report would also not necessarily identify mental health issues like anxiety, which there are rarely physical signs of, Fowler said.


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The autopsy report's determination that Olenick was a "healthy teenager with no significant medical history" would have been the result of pairing the physical evidence provided by the autopsy itself with any medical records or information provided directly by Olenick's family, Fowler said.

A settlement conference in the case is scheduled for Dec. 12, during which attorneys for both sides will have the opportunity to discuss a possible settlement prior to any trial.

If no settlement is reached, a civil jury trial is scheduled to begin May 6, 2013.

Garger, Olenick's mother, has previously stated that she hopes the case will bring attention to dental-related deaths, but she could not be reached for comment for this story.

One of her lawyers, Jonathan Schochor, said Garger's desire to raise awareness to the case remains intact, but would not affect whether or not the case is settled prior to trial, noting that the case has already attracted national media attention.

"I believe that the lessons to be learned from a case like this will be learned regardless of whether the case is settled," Schochor said.

Attorneys for Isaacs, Coletti, and the practices named in the lawsuit either declined comment or did not respond to requests for comment.