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Unemployed Man With No Health Insurance Dies When Tooth Infection Spread to His Brain–Couldn’t Afford the Antibiotic

Posted Sep 07 2011 2:21am

This is a sad story indeed as he went to the ER and was given both pain tablets and antibiotics and he couldn’t afford both.  Gosh you wonder why this happened and someone could have given him the antibiotics and in some areas of the country they image are free at certain drug stores for a limited amount.  Needless to say $4.00 at Target or WalMart would have probably done the trick and someone I’m sure would have lent him the few dollars.  Also this comes back around to which medications he chose and if he had a brain infection and was in really bad pain he maybe couldn’t get away from himself, again due to the pain.  A trip to a dentist of course was the first call that could have been made, but again when there’ s no insurance, perhaps people just don’t think clearly.  This is a sad story indeed as it played out.  BD

An unemployed Cincinnati man with no health insurance died after a tooth infection spread to his brain because he couldn't afford treatment, relatives said.

Kyle Willis , 24, came down with a toothache two weeks ago and was told he needed to have one of his wisdom teeth removed.

But Willis - whose uncle is famed bass player Bootsy Collins - decided to tough it out because he was out of work and couldn't afford the treatment.

Soon after, he began getting headaches and his face swelled, so he went to an emergency room. He was told an infection was in danger of spreading to his brain.

"The [doctors] gave him antibiotic and pain medication, but he couldn't afford to pay for the antibiotic, so he chose the pain meds, which was not what he needed," Willis' aunt Patti Collins told WLWT-TV.

While Willis' discomfort subsided, the infection continued to spread, causing lethal swelling in his brain.

Willis died Wednesday, Collins said.


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