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Dentist's Error Leads To Emergency Surgery For 74-Year-Old Patient

A trip to the dentist can bring thoughts of terror into the minds of many patients, and this tale will do little to quell their angst. A 74-year-old patient visited Oasis Dental Practice in Penzance, Cornwall for a root canal procedure, but he came out much worse for wear. In fact, he would have to head to the hospital straight from the dentist’s chair, and he would soon find himself undergoing emergency surgery.

As Fox News shares, the dentist dropped a serrated metal file down the throat of the patient, Alexander Hoar. The traumatized patient has come forward with his story, and it sounds like the practice didn’t exactly provide him with TLC after the egregious error.

"It was traumatic and I felt like I was on my own. There was pandemonium in practice and they didn't seem prepared for this situation,” Hoar recalls. “All I could hear was the dentist saying 'Alec, Alec, I'm sorry,' she was in a worse state than I was."

While it was clearly an accident, the fact that the practice was so frantic about what happened didn’t exactly help the situation.

"A split second later it dropped down into my mouth and straight to the back of my throat. Then all hell broke loose. I was clutching at my throat and I began to gag while the dentist tried unsuccessfully to pluck the file back out,” he continued. “I had no idea at that stage what had happened or what was going on. No-one seemed to know what to do, I was terrified.”

Amazingly, the practice would have him shuffle off to the hospital all by himself.

"I was shocked they didn’t even think it was serious enough to call me an ambulance. To make matters worse, they said I had to make arrangements to find my own way to the hospital – they didn’t even see fit to escort me out of the building. I had to have a camera on the end of a pipe pushed up my nose and down my throat, which I had to endure three times," Hoar added. "After they removed the file back out through my mouth they put a clip over the tear in my stomach. I’ve since been told the file could have caused a lot more damage to my stomach than it did, so for that I’m grateful. No one should have to go through what I endured, but particularly a person at my stage in life, I feel like I was treated disgustingly,” he said.

Hoar’s story has captured quite a bit of attention, and the Bupa Penzance Dental Care Practice has released a statement in response.

"Our team acted quickly to make sure Mr. Hoar received medical attention following the unfortunate incident," the statement read. "We launched an investigation and we’ve reviewed our practice procedures to help prevent it happening again."

We would hope that they do just that. Accidents can happen to the best of us, but it certainly sounds like the practice needs to be better equipped to handle emergencies.

Source: Fox News
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