Few of us can imagine what it is like to endure domestic abuse. Even if physical or verbal altercations don’t leave scars, the experiences can result in mental and emotional trauma that takes years to overcome. Fortunately, for a young woman who was physically (and likely emotionally) wounded by an ex-boyfriend, help came at just the right time — and for free.
When 28-year-old Kyleigha Scott visited her dentist in Texas, she had only planned for a wisdom tooth extraction. But instead, dentist Kenny Wilstead surprised her with a new smile. According to GoodNewsNetwork, Wilstead asked Scott why her front tooth was so damaged. She replied that her ex-boyfriend had head-butted her during their relationship two years ago and, as a result, had chipped it.
Scott continued to say that she planned on fixing it after her next tax return. But Wilstead wasn’t about to let her leave, still bearing a physical reminder of domestic abuse. “I said… He** no!! We gonna fix that tooth right now, no charge,” wrote Wilstead in a Facebook post. “She didn’t ask or expect anything of the sort.”
The procedure was done in just 10 minutes. But by the time Scott looked at herself in the mirror, her smile was recognizable. Reportedly, she burst into tears of gratitude. It’s a reaction the Marshall Family Dental worker “will cherish forever.”
In the video below, Scott says, “It looks amazing!” The Texas dentist wrote, “To all those who have struggled, she is an awesome example of someone determined to rise above her past and use it to reinvent her future.”
Watch the video below:
Posted by Kenny Wilstead on Thursday, October 12, 2017
The public is enthused by the dentist’s generosity. One commenter wrote, “Bravo to this dentist…. to be blessed with such an art and skill and not give to charity here and there wouldl be a sin……. a missing or chipped tooth in the front of your mouth can ruin your self-esteem, cause you to lbe overlooked foe a promotion, and not get a job….it was nice to see the lord use this sweetheart of a dentist…”
Another said, “Was great to see such a compassionate dentist, bring back such a beautiful smile to this young lady after all the year’s she had hidden her smile from everyone.” Undoubtedly, his compassion will be remembered for quite some time.
Domestic Abuse — It’s More Common Than You Might Think
Thanks to the growth of the women’s movement, more and more females are speaking out about domestic abuse. However, some keep altercations from within the home secret. Based on data obtained by those who have spoken up about their mistreatment, we now know some startling facts about domestic abuse.
- Every nine seconds, a woman is assaulted or beaten
- 1 in 3 women — and 1 in 4 men — have been in abusive relationship.
- 20 people are abused by an intimate partner every minute — that equates up to 10 million each year!
- More than 200,000 phone calls are placed to domestic violence hotlines every year
- Intimate partner violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crimes
While the story above focuses on Kyleigha journey, it is important to remember that men can be victims of domestic abuse, as well. In fact, one study found that 40 percent of domestic violence victims are men.
Hopefully, Kyleigha’s story and the statistics above encourage more people to seek help if they are being abused and to raise awareness about the problem by sharing this news.