Truth Frequency Radio
Nov 11, 2013

teenager-dental-work-enamel-hypoplasia-teeth-donations-truth-frequency-radio-chris-geo-sheree-geo-alternative-media-news-informationBy Matthew Hansen,

On a recent workday, a stranger walked into Dr. Carmen Dana’s dental office and handed the receptionist an envelope.

For Ellie, he said. He walked out.

Inside the envelope: A check for $500.

Then Dr. Dana’s phone rang. It was an oral surgeon she knows, one who had read my Oct. 22 column about Ellie Kolesik, a 15-year-old Bellevue West sophomore suffering from a rare dental disease. Ellie needs nearly $50,000 in dental work to replace her broken, brown and diseased teeth with shiny white implants. Insurance won’t foot the bill.

We would like to help, the oral surgeon told Dr. Dana. Our office would like to do Ellie’s surgery. We would like to do it … for free.

“I never in a million years thought this sort of thing would happen,” Dana told me last week. “All I can say is that Ellie is appreciating every last little thing. She told me ‘I had no idea that people were so nice.'”

People are nice. That is what Suzanne Kolesik, Ellie’s mother, believes after a week of hearing from friends and friends of friends and complete strangers. Some have offered money. Some have offered to set up fundraisers to offset the cost of Ellie’s teeth extraction, which occurred last week, and the costlier implant surgery slated to happen this winter.

Some have said they had no idea — Ellie never spoke much about the fact that she has amelogenesis imperfecta, a rare condition in which enamel doesn’t properly protect the teeth.

For Ellie, this meant twice-a-month trips to the dentist’s office. It meant infections that raged in her teeth and gums. It meant that even when Dr. Dana put the strongest crowns she had on Ellie’s teeth, cavities still formed underneath those crowns and grew nonstop until the teeth began to rot and the crowns fell off.

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