Source: A trip to the dentist cost a healthy British dad both of his arms and legs after a tiny cut in his gum gave him sepsis, reports said. Tom Ray told an audience in a speech Wednesday about how, in 1999, he was a successful banker and in the process of setting up a business with his pregnant wife, Nicola when he got sick. “I had visited the dentist a few days before and they nicked my gum with one of those sharp instruments they use to scrap tartar away,” he said Wednesday, according to The Sun.
“It coincided with a bout of flu and that’s how I believe it was contracted.” It took doctors at a local hospital over five hours to figure out he had contracted sepsis, a life-threatening complication of an infection. “The real problem is the delay in getting blood test results back. That took many, many hours,” he said. “By the time they were returned showing clear sepsis, it was far too late. Sepsis will kill you within a few hours. Ray spent months in an induced coma and woke up with both his arms and legs amputated. Now 57, Ray spends a lot of time speaking and campaigning to raise awareness about sepsis.
MMMMM. Spending a lot of time ‘speaking about sepsis’ doesn’t sound like it’s a great life.
It’s stories like this that keep me away from the dentist. It’s a phobia of mine and has been since the 1st grade when they forced those blue tablets into my mouth, drilling teeth outta my head with no freezing. I was 6 in 1979. In 1979 you could smoke in the dentist office and the dentist we were forced to see was in our elementary school. The smell of access and the dentist’s second-hand smoke haunts the fuck out of me to this day. The idea of booking a dentist appointment makes me sweat.
Reading Tom’s story is like a nightmare in a nightmare, wrapped in a steaming garbage bag of bear cock. Imagine going in for a root canal and waking up to having no limbs? Total psyche job. When I look at Tom’s face I think A) I’m never going to go to a British dentist B) Pictures and stories like Tom’s are most likely a motivating factor behind most ‘British Teeth’ jokes B) That upper left lip area has to be a BITCH to shave. Talk about having to make chicken soup outta chicken shit. Sorry dude. You were dealt a shitty hand.
This dentist should have to pay to make his face, less hard to look at. Seems like the right thing to do. Not sure he can do much about the limbs but the face should definitely be in play.