Medical malpractice news of the weird: a dentist extracts revenge

Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on May 03, 2012 in Medical Malpractice

The term " medical malpractice " encompasses a wide range of possibilities, including medication-related mistakes, doctor errors, surgical errors , missed or delayed diagnoses, hospital negligence and even dental malpractice. Yet nearly every single one of these very different types of cases shares something in common with the rest: a lack of any deliberate intent to cause harm to the patient.

While most of what we've written about on this blog involves people who have suffered horrific consequences due to medical malpractice or issues that have some malpractice-related importance to West Virginia residents, today we wanted to talk about a mouth-numbingly bizarre and what some might call "plucky" medical malpractice story from halfway across the world.

The story we're referring to happened in Poland and involved a dentist, her former boyfriend and what we can only surmise was a sizable amount of Novocain.

Here's how it unfolded.

A 45-year-old man who had been seeing the dentist in question decided it was time to end the relationship. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your perspective, a few days after he dumped the dentist, the man developed a toothache. For whatever reason, he decided it would be safe to approach the dentist he'd just jilted and ask her to fix the problem.

The 34-year-old dentist agreed to help him, in part because she thought she could be professional and emotionally detached. But that turned out to be a harder task than she first thought. Instead, she gave her former lover a massive dose of anesthetic, pulled every single one of the man's teeth and then wrapped his mouth shut before walking away.

While the man was greatly relieved when he eventually woke up without a toothache, he was even more horrified a short time later when he discovered that he'd never have to worry about toothaches ever again. To add insult to injury, the man's new girlfriend was just as horrified and unceremoniously dumped him, post haste.

The dentist is now being investigated for medical malpractice by Polish authorities, and the toothless two-timer has been scheduled to receive dental implants.

Source: New York Daily News, "Sweet revenge: Dentist pulls ALL of ex-boyfriend's teeth out after getting dumped," Jonathon Lemire, April 28, 2012

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