An unemployed Cincinnati man died last week when a minor tooth infection spread all the way to his brain and he had no healthcare to treat it.
Kyle Willis, only 24-years-old and the nephew of the famed Bootsy Collins, became another example of the healthcare problem in America.
Willis was told he needed his wisdom teeth removed to get rid of the infection, but he decided to tough it out because of lack of funds and healthcare.
“The [doctors] gave him antibiotic and pain medication, but he couldn’t afford to pay for the antibiotic, so he chose the pain meds, which was not what he needed,” Willis’ aunt Patti Collins told WLWT-TV.
While Willis’ discomfort subsided, the infection continued to spread, causing lethal swelling in his brain.