See man who bled to death after 10 teeth were pulled out by dentist

- 10/03/2016
A trip to the dentist turned deadly. This is the 53-year-old man who bled to death after 10 of his teeth were pulled out by in one session by dentist.
 Below is the first photo of the man.
Neville Gillespie man who bled to death after 10 teeth removed
Neville Gillespie 

He went for a routine teeth removal procedure. Former lorry driver Neville Gillespie - - described as someone who "would do anything for anyone" - visited the dentist in Tiverton, Devon, so teeth that were causing him pain could be pulled out.

The operation was successful—or so it appeared at first.  But he was found unresponsive and covered in blood at the home he shared with his brother, Harold, hours after the operation.

Devastated by his death. His 60-year-old brother told an inquest of his horror at finding his younger sibling slumped over.
Neville Gillespie's brother who found him dead
Neville Gillespie's brother 
Unfortunately, at the time of his death in January 2015 Mr Gillespie was on a blood-thinning drug called Clopidogrel which prevents platelets in the blood from clotting—It was a mistake.

When he arrived at Tiverton Dental Centre, he was only supposed to have four removed.

The dentist pulled 10 teeth as an act of kindness. The doctor who performed the teeth Removal was actually trying to be helpful; Dr Roya Doane removed the four tneeth and, out of concern for his welfare, suggested removing another four to save him pain and another trip to the dental centre.

He agreed and asked for two more teeth to be pulled out because they caused him pain.
Medical Center where Neville Gillespie's teeth were removed by dentist

The bleeding refused to stop. Mr Gillespie returned to Tiverton Dental Centre a short time later after his gums wouldn't stop bleeding.

All he got on this trip was more cotton wool to soak up the profuse bleeding. He was sent home with wads of cotton wool, his brother told the inquest at Devon County Hall.

The grotesque end. His brother called 999 around 1:30am after finding him slumped over and was instructed how to do CPR while paramedics rushed to the home.

Paramedics reported seeing blood on the bedsheets, Mr Gillespie's shirt and his face when they arrived at the home.

An autopsy report found he died from aspiration of blood and bleeding following the operation.

Mixed opinions from health experts. A dental expert told coroner John Tomalin that Dr Doane had not been negligent and he was satisfied with the care provided to Mr Gillespie, describing the removal of the additional teeth an act of kindness.

But another academic said that three to four teeth would have been advisory for removal, rather than ten.

When he left the dental centre Dr Doane gave Mr Gillespie advice on how to stop the bleeding and was told not to spit out blood because it would prevent clotting.

He didn't follow the doctor's advice.

The court heard that Mr Gillespie had been vomiting blood and spitting blood into a bowl at home.


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