Donna Delgado just wasn’t healing properly after dental surgery.
There was too much bleeding, too much pain. Her head hurt. She was dizzy. She had nosebleeds and sinus infections.
Lodged in Delgado’s right maxillary sinus, the drill bit burr made the 35-year-old woman miserable for nearly a year as she held down a job and cared for her children, according to her lawsuit.
Delgado, first visited the dental office at 1060 W Busch Blvd. in August 2008, according to the suit. The dentist used the burr to separate the teeth and make the extraction easier, somewhere along the line, the burr became detached and lost.
A simple X-ray during a followup visit would have detected the metal piece, according to her attorney. Instead, according to her attorney.alleges, Delgado was sent away repeatedly.
“She was discharged, and they said, ‘Get over it,’ ” he said. “When she went back to complain, they kept saying, ‘This is normal,’ and ‘Stop complaining.’ “
According to the lawsuit, which asks for unspecified damages and a jury trial, Delgado was experiencing dizziness and numbness on her right side, where the burr was.
Concerned about the numbness, she was taken for emergency treatment at St. Joseph’s Hospital on July 13, 2009.
Not knowing about the burr, doctors performed a magnetic scan that caused the object to move inside her head, Martino said.
“She was in excruciating pain,” he said, adding that the shifting of the burr could have killed her.
Doctors debated whether it would be safe to remove the object, but an ear-nose-and-throat specialist, said it must come out. He removed it on Aug. 27.
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