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Seven year old infected, operated on after visit to Jonesboro dentist

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Seven year old Dominic Mimbang's life is a medical routine.  Four times a day he has to stop what he's doing to receive another dose of antibiotics.  

His father showed CBS46 boxes of medicine they keep in a special room with its own refrigerator.  It takes a half an hour to administer the antibiotic through an IV.  

The boy's neck is scarred from top to bottom where doctors at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta surgically tried to remove a bacterial infection called Mycobacterium abscessus. 

"It's been like hell," Eric Nwawel says.

Mimbang got the infection after an August visit to Dentistry for Children in Jonesboro.  The office has voluntarily closed twice since September.  On Wednesday, it voluntarily closed indefinitely a spokesperson told CBS46's Harry Samler.  

"Dentistry for Children of Jonesboro voluntarily closed Wednesday, November 18th, as a precautionary measure due to concerns related to inconsistent lab results in its filtered water testing.

In late September, after learning that the water supply in the Jonesboro office may have played a role in the infection of a very small number of our patients, the facility underwent extensive renovation and deep cleaning.  Working in coordination with the Georgia Department of Public Health, Dentistry for Children of Jonesboro took extraordinary steps during the September renovation including closing the facility for eight days to install CDC-recommended state-of-the-art filtration systems and replace plumbing and medical tubing. Since then, the pool of affected patients has been narrowed to a very small percentage of those who received a pulpotomy also known as a ‘baby root canal.’  No cases have been reported for any pulpotomies performed after we initially closed our offices on September 23rd for renovation.    

Recent test results revealed that the filtration system was not functioning properly.  (The office used distilled bottled water at the operative chairs while waiting on test results of the filtered city water.)  Due to these recent test results, we made the prudent decision to close the facility until filtered water testing results are consistent.  Dentistry for Children of Jonesboro continues to work closely and cooperatively with state agencies, as well as experienced private consultants, and other subject matter experts to ensure that the water at the facility exceeds all safety standards. 

We offer our deepest sympathies to those who have been affected by this situation.  Nothing is more important to us than the health of our patients, and we strive to continue our 37-year tradition of providing excellent service to Jonesboro families who entrust us with their oral health care."

Dominic Mimbang's father Eric says the treatments and 4 hour trips back to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta have cost the family over eight thousand dollars.  Dentistry for Children sent the family a get well card. 

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