Local dentist volunteers to restore young woman’s smile

Pictured from left to right are Alyssa VanVliet, Tiffany Johnson, Brooke Combs, Dentist Dr.McFall, Annah Hillary, Kendall Short, and Riley Thomas. Dr. McFall found out about Annah’s family struggle to raise money to pay for dental work after the girl fell and—among other injuries—knocked out her front teeth.

Pictured from left to right are Alyssa VanVliet, Tiffany Johnson, Brooke Combs, Dentist Dr.McFall, Annah Hillary, Kendall Short, and Riley Thomas. Dr. McFall found out about Annah’s family struggle to raise money to pay for dental work after the girl fell and—among other injuries—knocked out her front teeth.

Dental, medical refuse to fix front teeth for injured teen

A stranger’s kindness can make a world of difference. A local dentist has volunteered to restore a smile to the face of a Rockford student after a devastating injury caused her to loose her front teeth. He heard about her plight as a group of her friends held a car wash to help raise funds for dental work that dental and medical insurance refused, claiming it is optional cosmetic surgery.

Annah will be a senior at Rockford School this fall.  She was in a longboarding accident this past May which caused horrific injuries, including the loss of a number of teeth. Her friend saw how badly she was injured and called an ambulance. It turned out Annah was very seriously injured. She had to have her mouth wired shut for six weeks, and spent her seventeenth birthday in the hospital.  The surgeries she endured following the accident included putting plates and screws put in her chin. She had also had many of her back teeth knocked out, along with the top three front teeth.  According to family members, her medical insurance says it’s considered dental and her dental insurance is saying it’s cosmetic.  Neither of the insurance companies will pay for her teeth.

The mother of one of Annah’s friends, Holly Combs, is upset by the response from the insurance companies, which are also refusing to pay the ambulance trip tab, which she said is $800. According to her, the insurance won’t pay it because the injury did not take place in the township where the teen lived. She also believes insurance should pay for replacing Annah’s front teeth. “This is so wrong. You need your teeth to eat like you need your legs to walk.”

Annah-1Annah tried to raise money on her own with a garage sale.   Annah’s friends from Rockford High School had a car wash on July 14, also trying to raise money to help pay for at least the three front teeth that she lost.  The three implants will cost over $9,000.

The girls put Annah’s information and fundraising efforts on Facebook. AAU Basketball coach Ray Setlock, who coaches one of Annah’s friends, saw the posts and what Annah was going through. It made him so angry he offered to match whatever the girls earned, even though he didn’t know Annah.  (Thank you, coach Ray!)  The girls managed to raise $500. A grand total of $1,000 was the result of their five hours of work.  Not bad!

A local dentist and his wife were downtown Rockford on Saturday, July 13 and saw fliers for the car wash. He decided to come back the next day and make sure he was among the customers to help the girls out.

Dr. McFall DDS, of Sparta was the very first customer in line the next morning.   Dr. McFall, along with his partners, generously offered to take care of all of Annah’s dental needs at no charge.   Her family was overwhelmed with the generosity of Dr. McFall.  Annah is making an appointment with Dr. McFall as soon as possible.  Her mother said that if they have any money left from the fundraisers that the  family would like to “pay it forward” by having an account set up that would be available to anyone who needs dental work done like Annah.

It is amazing how much impact the generosity of individuals make in the lives of others when they step up and fill a need.

 

 

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