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Dentist responds to lawsuit after tool found in woman's digestive system

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

The X-Ray images can be hard to stomach, seeing a tool lodged in the digestive system of 71-year-old Lena David, of Jessamine County.

According to court documents, David is suing Dr. Galbreath after she says he lost control of a screwdriver while working on her dentures in May of last year.

In newly filed court papers, Dr. Galbreath denies losing control and disagrees with the description of the tool found inside of David.

A response to David's lawsuit says, "Defendants object to the characterization of this tool, also referred to as a 20mm tapered hex tool, as a "screwdriver," which connotes an entirely different tool than the one used in Ms. David's procedure."

David claims that she was instructed to go next door to a chiropractor's office for an X-ray after it happened.

In this court document, Dr. Galbreath says that isn't what happened, "In fact, Dr. Galbreath recommended Plaintiff go to the emergency room at University of Kentucky Hospital (across the street), but plaintiff declined Dr. Galbreath's invitation to take her to the hospital, stating that she was "fine"'.

David is claiming negligence in the lawsuit against Dr. Galbreath and says the incident has caused her pain, suffering, and money for medical bills.

Dr. Galbreath wants the lawsuit to be dismissed.


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