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Sep 5 - Unemployed man with no health insurance dies after minor tooth infection spreads to brain
 

 

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An unemployed Cincinnati man with no health insurance died after a tooth infection spread to his brain because he couldn't afford treatment, relatives said.

Kyle Willis, 24, came down with a toothache two weeks ago and was told he needed to have one of his wisdom teeth removed.

But Willis - whose uncle is famed bass player Bootsy Collins - decided to tough it out because he was out of work and couldn't afford the treatment.

Soon after, he began getting headaches and his face swelled, so he went to an emergency room. He was told an infection was in danger of spreading to his brain.

"The [doctors] gave him antibiotic and pain medication, but he couldn't afford to pay for the antibiotic, so he chose the pain meds, which was not what he needed," Willis' aunt Patti Collins told WLWT-TV.

While Willis' discomfort subsided, the infection continued to spread, causing lethal swelling in his brain.

Willis died Wednesday, Collins said.

"He should have gone to the dentist to take care of the toothache, and it wouldn't have escalated to all of this," she said.

He leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter.

Experts say Willis' story is not unique, but such a deadly situation can usually be stopped by simple, preventative dental procedures.

"People don't realize that dental disease can cause serious illness," Dr. Irvin Silverstein of the University of California at San Diego told ABCNews. "People end up dying, and these are the most treatable, preventable diseases in the world."
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davon4204 34 heat pts34
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Damn this is just a damn shame.
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Special Edd 167 heat pts167
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Crazy sad.
 09-05-2011, 04:28 PM         #4
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 Fras1788 said:
Let this man die, and give Wall St. billions. Man we really got our priorities, and our hearts in the right place in this country don't we?


RIP, Thoughts are with the 6 y/o girl, having to live knowing her father shouldn't of died...

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 09-05-2011, 04:42 PM         #5
BooHaggle McGee 
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 youknowmystelo said:


thanks b

needed some new new...george carlin is too fukn real
 6 years ago '07        #6
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yup, america isn't broken.
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Oh sh*t..I better get my wisdom teeth pulled ASAP!
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 WhoThaFuk said:
Oh sh*t..I better get my wisdom teeth pulled ASAP!
Do it ASAP. I waited a long time because I was afraid to actually go under (it was my first and only major surgery). It got to be way too painful. The oral surgeon told me that had I waited much longer, I would have been in danger of the infection spreading to my brain.
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He was Bootsy Collins' Nephew too :(
 6 years ago '05        #10
Nasty Nate 21 heat pts21
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I need to get health insurance
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First of all, GET your wisdom teeth pulled while you are under your parents insurance.

Second of all, go see the dentist 2 times a year or AT LEAST one time a year. If you don't have health insurance, there's are many cheap clinics including dental schools that charge a very cheap rate. Just google them in your area. It's better to pay to get it cleaned and checked up annually rather than end up with some crazy infection like this guy. Then you won't be able to afford the meds to take care of it and could end up like him.
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Damn America
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Lavares 19 heat pts19
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that was Bootsy nephew...
my city going to sh*t
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 jewbolous24 said:
my country won

Canada>>>>

RIP to the man

um, you have to pay for dental care in canada. The only difference he would've had in canada is...

1) Hey probably would not have been out of work

or

2) If he was out of work and could not afford dental surgery, he would have gotten antibiotic for the infection.


Either way, at some point in time he would've STILL needed surgery for his wisdom teeth.
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 Chest Rockwell said:
dude i know someone who snapped his arm up there and wouldve bled to death if he hadnt been airlifted back to the states. your health system is sh*t
thousands of people die everyday from the uselessness of the u.s healthcare system. America's healthcare system is an embarrassment to industrialized nations... and you fix ur mouth to talk about somewhere else? I guess that's to blame on your equally sh*tty education system.
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r.i.p.
 09-05-2011, 08:38 PM         #17
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never realized a tooth ache was that serious
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Its a fu*kin shame that this country would basically let a person die just because they cant afford health care SMFH I swear if I could just up and move to another country like that id pack my sh*t and be out by the end of the week
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how is this even possible... if he would have gone to the dentist they would have treated him and he would just owe da money and paid when he could...

RIP but he really should have been smarter
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 Fras1788 said:
Let this man die, and give Wall St. billions. Man we really got our priorities, and our hearts in the right place in this country don't we?


RIP, Thoughts are with the 6 y/o girl, having to live knowing her father shouldn't of died...
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