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Dental Fraud

I am writing this to ask you to help my best friend. She lives in horrific pain every day. A few years ago she went to a local dentist. She was on Medicaid after her husband passed away from Leukemia. But it was only for 6 month she qualified for it. She had a few dental problems due to the fact that she had fibromyalgia and took many medications that made her mouth excessively dry... thus no saliva... causing bacteria to run rampant 24/7. Once at the dentist she was told by him that all her old fillings and silver fillings needed to be replaced. She trusted him and he did the job. However, within 3 week the fillings he replaced began to fall out. She was going every week to have them put back in. In 6 months her medicaid was up because she was back on her feet again. However, the fillings still kept coming out. The Dentist would not see her without the money upfront, which she did not have. She used her money to have her youngest son get dramatic dental surgery and braces... all paid for upfront. So she has been left with gaping holes in her mouth with nerves exposed. She eats so much tylenol that I truly worry about her liver! She went to a traveling dental clinic twice. She traveled there to arrive at 1 am to wait in the freezing cold and rain with about 300 other people until she could get in when it opened at 9am. They pulled a tooth each time. However, both times afterward, infection set in so badly she looked like the elephant man. The teeth were inflamed to begin with and pulling them without antibiotics made it worse.
Now she is missing work due to immense pain she has to deal with. I am afraid she will lose her job. She cannot afford such in today's economy... plus she has been putting her son through college. He graduated 2 years early and this was an earlier expense than she expected.
She discovered that the dentist she used had done this same thing to a lot of medicaid patients. She wanted to sue him to have her mouth fixed, but she had paid for much needed dental surgery and braces to the dentist for her son upfront. She was afraid that if she sued him that he would retaliate on her son in some way. He has been under the dentists care for a while. Eventually the Statute of Limitations ran out. She did report him to the ADA and medicaid.
This woman is an awesome woman! She works for the local Humane Society, finds homes for 5 to 10 animals a week on her own time (many rescue animals who have been severely abused, and she owns a zoo herself for those she did not find homes for), volunteers helping the homeless to help get them on their feet, works with and supports the people at the local drug and rehab house, mentors at risk teens, and even goes so far as to make sure that the homeless people who live in the woods nearby get supper... she cooks it(otherwise the only meal they get for the day is the one at the soup kitchen). She truly enjoys doing all that and everyone loves her to death! She is known as "The Angel".
Working for the Humane Society is only about 20 hours a week. She wants a second job that works with the public but cannot find one. It is often due to how her teeth look... this is sad, but true in todays world.
There is no way she can afford to have her teeth fixed. She makes $72.oo too much to qualify for medicaid. There are no free clinics that do extensive dental work.
This woman is a wonderful person who gives so much to others... even though she suffers with the pain of Fibromyalgia on a daily basis and the tremendous mouth pain of exposed nerves. She has raised 3 sons on her own, being a widow. One in college, as I afore mentioned, and one is in Afghanistan, fighting for freedom. Also, while home caring for her husband, before his passing, when he had Leukemia... she was also caring for her grandfather who had lung and brain cancer... at the same time!
She cannot put any liquid in her mouth and uses a straw put way back in her throat to drink. She was always a big woman... but has lost 120 pounds. That is a good thing for health reasons.... but there are easier and healthier ways to do it! My heart goes out to her!!!
Instead of putting my name and email...I put hers if you would like to get in touch with her. I don't know how she would respond about me writing you. She would probably say there were others who were worse off than her. She is like that. But I know she needs help desperately. Please see it in your heart to help her! She is so giving to the community and has never met a stranger. She believes that a kind word can change a persons life and gives them freely. There are hundreds and hundreds of people who can vouch for that. She is beautiful on the outside and the inside. I hate seeing her suffer as she does.

janelle morris
Tue, 05 Apr 2011 07:08:16 +0000

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