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Man goes to dentist to get four teeth removed - gets them all removed

Donny Grigsby's wife said he was unresponsive and covered in blood when she saw him

Samuel Osborne
Tuesday 12 April 2016 16:38 BST
Donny Grigsby woke to find all of his teeth had been removed
Donny Grigsby woke to find all of his teeth had been removed (WRTV)

A man who went to the dentist to have four teeth removed woke to find the dentist had removed all of them.

Donny Grigsby, 36, had been undergoing a supposedly routine procedure at White River Dental in Columbus when his wife asked staff why the operation had taken five-and-a-half hours, WRTV reported.

She says when she saw her husband, he was unresponsive and covered in blood.

Staff told her they had decided to pull out all of his teeth to stop an infection spreading from an abscess.

Mr Grigsby had to be resuscitated twice on the way to Indiana Hospital.

He says he is still in pain and can no longer chew or smile. He has blood clots from the operation and now uses an oxygen tank.

"I am so ashamed now. I have no teeth," he said. "I just want to get teeth in my head and go on."

He is now seeking legal advice over the incident.

In a press statement to WRTV, a representative for White River Dental quoted Doctor Aaron Strickland as saying:

“Every patient and issue is different and we evaluate each and every part of the oral cavity and the health of the patient before presenting a treatment plan.

"I assure you that every patient and/or legal guardian has the treatment explained to them thoroughly, and all the proper consent forms are signed prior to any treatment being performed on any patient at White River Dental.

"I, as well as all of our well trained staff, strive in every situation to make sure the patient and/or legal guardian understands all issues that may arise prior to accepting the treatment plan, as well as making sure they understand our due diligence in securing positive final results."

  • Update: Dr. Aaron Strickland and White River Dental subsequently filed a complaint again Donny Grigsby in federal district court, accusing Donny Grigsby and his wife Amanda of making false statements about medical care he received.

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