Former Patient Of Tulsa Dentist Accused Of Malpractice Speaks - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

NEWS

Former Patient Of Tulsa Dentist Accused Of Malpractice Speaks Out

Posted: Updated:
Eighty-nine of Dr. Scott Harrington's patients tested positive for Hepatitis C, five for Hepatitis B, and four for HIV. Eighty-nine of Dr. Scott Harrington's patients tested positive for Hepatitis C, five for Hepatitis B, and four for HIV.
OKLAHOMA CITY -

The state health department confirms at least one patient of a Tulsa dentist contracted Hepatitis C from his office. That dentist is accused of possibly exposing thousands of patients, and he wants his license reinstated.

Eighty-nine of Dr. Scott Harrington's patients tested positive for Hepatitis C, five for Hepatitis B, and four for HIV. Harrington's dental office has been shut down since March, accused of using unsanitary instruments.

The health department had not directly linked any of those positive results to Harrington's practice, until now. On Wednesday, the health department says one of those cases is the first known transmission of Hepatitis C from one dental patient to another.

One former patient is not happy Harrington now wants his license back. News 9's Evan Anderson sat down with Kim Heyman back in March, who at the time was on pins and needles praying for negative tests results. Kim wasn't even comfortable showing her face until now.  

"I feel a little relieved, but a little, you now, shocked that the doctor would even have the nerve to say that he should get his license back," said Heyman.  

3/28/2013 Related Story: State Board Says Tulsa Dentist's Practice Was Unsafe, Unsanitary

Kim went to Harrington in 2003 to get a chipped tooth removed that was imbedded in her gums. Harrington also removed her wisdom teeth during the same visit. She was even sedated with an IV during the oral surgery, which The Oklahoma State Board of Dentistry says is illegal in a dental office.

"I remember everyday waiting to get my letter, my results back after I got tested," said Heyman. "I thought about those 20, 30 people that I sat in that room with. I thought, ‘Are they going through the same thing I am? What if their results are positive?'"

She got the news of Harrington's alleged malpractice and the possibility of being exposed to life-changing viruses just weeks before her only daughter's wedding. A week after the wedding she got a letter from the Oklahoma County Health department.

"I mean, I was just so elated. I was so happy, very very happy," said Heyman.

Now, she just hopes Harrington never practices again.

"Who in their right mind would go see him as a patient if he were to get his license back?" said Heyman.

Patients who had to be tested say they don't expect any kind of monetary relief from what they've had to go through. Some though want at least a personal or public apology for the pain and suffering.

4/1/2013 Related Story: Criminal Charges Being Sought Against Tulsa Dentist

Special Features

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

Radars

See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

Classifieds

Use our free classifieds to find the things you need or sell your items.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

ESP Interactive
Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.