This is the story of Reddit user /u/Tomato_Juice99, and it will make your heart flutter.
OP posted to the subreddit R/Confessions, taking about how f*cking awful his tooth pain was:
“Not all days, but most my teeth hurt and I have no way to stop the pain. I live in the USA and cannot afford insurance to get it fixed. If I had the money to get them all pulled and replaced I would, but the dental place told me it would cost over $7,000.
My life has been going well for the most part lately and I feel horrible for even thinking of wanting to die to escape the pain. I have 2 kids that need me and a family that loves me, but love doesn’t buy new teeth.
I did it to myself back in highschool by throwing up after each meal. I don’t smile often and when I actually do I have to cover my mouth because I don’t want others to be grossed out by my teeth. Most of the time I just grin to the right side. My kids don’t like me going to their school, meeting their friends and teachers because they are embarrassed of my mouth. I try not to show it, but that hurts more than the physical pain I endure from the infection that is spreading.
Anyways, thanks for taking time to read this and I hope that you (the reader) live in a country that would help with dental problems.”
He even posted a picture of his mouth, warning folks that it wouldn’t be pretty (and it isn’t).
“Here is a regular pic of my teeth as of tonight. It’s nasty so look at your own risk“
And then, all of the sudden, something inspiring happened.
/u/SushiAndWoW replied, and it quickly became the top comment. You’ll see why in a second.
“If this is true, I will pay for your treatment. Either at a place near you, or if it’s more cost-effective, I will buy you a ticket to Costa Rica, and for you to get treatment at a reputable clinic here.
You can check my history to see that this is a legitimate account that’s not into trolling. I can’t help everyone in the world, but I can help you. Your situation hits a nerve with me.
Maybe you can make it up to me by posting before and after pictures, or something. That would be nice to see.”
But wait, that like, wasn’t even all.
“Dentist here. If we can get him to my office I’ll donate my services. I practice in west palm beach and Jacksonville, FL.”
And tons of other users began offering to help:
A few months later, OP posted this update that will restore your faith in the world.
So before the turn of the year I made a confession about my oral pain caused by my teeth. I didn’t think I would receive much attention if any at all. Well, I was surprised after so many people shared their stories and offered to help. I got a lot in donations and had a couple of offers to do the procedure for free. The story blew up after the offers (most notably /u/sushiandwow and /u/danhook) and picked up by many websites. I am nothing but grateful to each and every person that made this all possible.
After checking to make sure /u/danhook is who he said he was I took him up on his offer to go see him and let him help me. On Feb 1st (Super Bowl Sunday) I went down to Florida to get a hotel room before I met him on Monday. He is cool as sh*+. Totally chill guy that knows what he’s talking about and very professional. Anyways, we discussed about what he was going to do and about the timeline for everything since I was only down there until Friday. Wednesday he took out all my top teeth and I got a denture for it. He told me that he wants to save the bottom teeth and after discussing it with another Doctor there they decided it was best. Which I am excited about because a bottom denture would suck.
So as of right now I have a denture on top and nothing was done on my bottom. Sometime in Mid-May to early June I will be going back down to get my permanent top denture, maybe some implants, and get all my bottom teeth fixed. I learned a lot while down there about how to take care and restore my gums and what I need to do so all of this isn’t for nothing.
I had an amazing time from the time I left until the time I was home. I did so many new things and it was all thanks to the reddit community. Without you guys, gals and others I would still be in pain.
If anyone has any questions I will try to answer them and I’m sure the dentist /u/danhook will chime in a time or two.”