Broken Arrow woman gets new smile

Wednesday, January 12th 2005, 10:40 am
By: News On 6

In September, the News on 6 met Emily Stacy of Broken Arrow. She was headed to the dentist to get evaluated for some dentures, through a program of Eastern Oklahoma Donated Dental Services.

Now she has them and Wednesday, the News on 6's Rick Wells went to Broken Arrow to check out her new smile, and a surprise gift.

Emily Stacey[Left-after picture/Right-before picture] is headed back to the dentist to get her smile adjusted. Dr Steven Hogg has been working with her through Eastern Oklahoma Donated Dental Services to get her some dentures. She loves 'em. "They look great."

She's thrilled and she says they look just like her original teeth. The teeth are new and there are some adjustments to make sure they fit properly. It takes time to get used to them, her 14 year old daughter Alyssa thinks her mom’s new smile is gorgeous. Once the teeth got right, Dr Hogg had little surprise for her. "We felt like she had a special need besides the dental treatment."

He and some other Tulsa County dentists have set up a fund to help get her old van fixed. "Oh that'd be wonderful."

For at least a year she's been relying on her wheel chair for primary transportation. Her van is fully equipped, with a lift and special controls so she can drive it. But when it broke down there was no money to fix it. "It has been a good van, but it just kind of gave out."

The transmission is the major problem. She knows about some other problems, but now at least there's a chance to get it back on the road.

How about that, a brand new smile and every reason in the world to use it. "It's nice, to be able to smile and get one back."

The fund is set up at People's State Bank.
Attn: Jan Adams to benefit: Emily Stacey
445 South Lewis
Tulsa OK 74104
Charitable contribution Tax ID # 41-2103655