Ky. woman: Dentist dropped tool down throat

2012-04-27T11:24:00Z Ky. woman: Dentist dropped tool down throatThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 27, 2012 11:24 am  • 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky woman is suing a dentist, accusing him of dropping a small screwdriver down her throat that migrated to her digestive tract and later required surgery to remove.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Fayette Circuit Court in Lexington by 71-year-old Lena David of Nicholasville. David claims Dr. W.B. Galbreath told her to try to regurgitate the screwdriver and then sent her for X-rays when that did not work.

Galbreath did not return a message left at his office Friday by The Associated Press.

The X-rays showed the screwdriver in David’s stomach, the lawsuit says.

The dentist discharged her with instructions to “eat a diet high in fiber,” the lawsuit says.

In June 2011, about a month after swallowing the screwdriver, David checked into a hospital with abdominal pain and had to have the screwdriver removed.

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