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Embattled dentist back in court over practicing license

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Enfield police released this photo of Rashmi Patel. Enfield police released this photo of Rashmi Patel.
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

An embattled dentist with offices in Enfield and Torrington learned on Friday that he is no longer allowed to practice dentistry in Connecticut.

Rashmi Patel appeared in court in Hartford where the criminally negligent homicide charge against him was dropped in exchange for his voluntarily agreement to not renew or reinstate his dental license.

Patel is accused of questionably administering sedation in two cases, one of which had deadly consequences and the other required the patient to be hospitalized for 10 days.

Judy Gan passed away shortly after mouth surgery, according to investigators.

"She always gave more than she got, put the welfare of others above her own and was outgoing, loving, caring and very funny," said Mike Gan, Judy's husband.

"The world lost an incredible, funny and wonderful woman," said Maggie Garden, Judy's daughter.

Earlier this summer, state officials said Patel attended a retraining program. However, health officials said they didn't believe he successfully completed it.

As a result, the health department said it would not lift the suspension on Patel's license.

Since the license was never revoked, according to Patel's attorney, he remained practicing.

However, on Friday he agreed to not renew his dental license.

Patel was also granted accelerated rehabilitation and will avoid jail for felony tampering with evidence.

"I'd like to give my condolences and deepest regrets to the family for their loss of Judy Gan," Patel said on Friday.

It was a tremendous loss for Gan's family.

"This tragedy did not allow her to enjoy her golden years with her husband, or allow her to watch her grandchildren grow or to watch her own children grow into parents themselves," Garden said.

"After 20 years battling her illness, she continued to face life with a sparkle in her eye and a fight in her spirit and left the world a better place to all that were blessed to have known her," Mike Gan said.

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