Without insurance, 24-year-old man dies from tooth infection
from ABC News
A 24-year-old Cincinnati father died from a tooth infection because he couldn't afford his medication, offering a sobering reminder of the importance of oral health and the number of people without access to dental or health care. According to NBC affiliate WLWT, Kyle Willis' wisdom tooth started hurting two weeks prior. When dentists told him it needed to be pulled, he decided to forgo the procedure because he was unemployed and had no health insurance. When his face started swelling and his head began to ache, Willis went to the emergency room, where he received prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medications. Willis couldn't afford both, so he chose the pain medications. The tooth infection spread, causing his brain to swell.
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