A 25-year-old man who had his teeth pulled as part of a battle with viral congestive heart failure turned to the Internet for help when he could not afford to replace his dentures. With the help of charity funding engine 52 Lives, Victor Boglin raised $1000 to buy dentures from a local dental college.
Why would congestive heart failure result in the loss of teeth? Unlike cancer treatments that involve radiation and chemicals that can damage your bones and gums, there is nothing inherently damaging to the teeth about congestive heart failure.
However, Boglin’s heart failure required a heart transplant, which he was able to get after two years of battling the condition. In order to prevent infection related to the heart transplant, Boglin’s teeth, which were affected by periodontal disease, were removed to prevent infection. It’s not stated in coverage whether Boglin’s periodontal disease impacted the health of his heart and may have played a role in his congestive heart failure.
Happy to survive his heart problems, Boglin began considering whether he could afford dentures. He found that by working with a local dental college he could get economy dentures for only $1000. But even this sum was beyond the reach of Boglin, and his insurance wouldn’t cover the cost of dentures. Health insurance often considers dentures to be a cosmetic procedure or not relevant to their coverage. Boglin started saving for his dentures.
But his girlfriend had another idea. She had heard about the charity 52 Lives, which plans to raise money for a new cause each week, and she emailed the founder Jaime Thurston about Boglin’s plight. Thurston says she gets a lot of email requests for support, but Boglin’s stood out, “Victor’s was a story that really stood out as someone I wanted to help,” Thurston said in an email. “He had been through so much already and then, at just 25 years old, he was facing a life with no teeth.”
Despite the modest sum Boglin needed, Thurston was not sure she would be able to raise the money over the course of the week. They kept the campaign secret, and only revealed it to Boglin when the goal had been met.
When Boglin heard that people had donated the money for his dentures, he was grateful and in awe. He said he wants to give back to the community that supported him by teaching people how to keep their hearts healthy. Thurston wrote to her followers, “You have completely changed this man’s life.”
And now he is looking forward to getting off the soup and bananas diet and enjoying some tougher food with his dentures.
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