DLN Success Story — AL Patient Eligible for Kidney Transplant

DDS patient Ezekiel and Dr. Earl Rogers

DDS patient Ezekiel and Dr. Earl Rogers

Ezekiel, from Alabama suffers from serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes and end-stage renal disease which requires dialysis three times per week. His oral health caused him constant pain and prevented him from obtaining dental clearance for a kidney transplant, at times even leading him to the emergency room from the pain. He had nowhere to turn.

After his dialysis clinic referred him to Donated Dental Services (DDS), Ezekiel received treatment from a group of volunteer dentists. AL leadership council co-chair Dr. Mike Robinson extracted 10 teeth and Dr. Earl Rogers restored two others and donated upper and lower partial dentures. Volunteer dental lab Oral Arts of Mobile fabricated the partial dentures.

“I didn’t know what to do. I thank them very much for the work they did for me.” – Ezekiel

Ezekiel is now on a kidney transplant wait list after receiving dental clearance to proceed with the life-changing medical procedure.

In the fiscal year 2015-2016 Alabama volunteers helped 175 patients receive more than $367,000 in donated treatment. To learn more about the DLN • Alabama program visit the state annual report!