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Bluffton dentist gives back

Bluffton dentist gives back

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Off-Island Dental will be offering free services today to pre-qualified, Bluffton-Jasper Volunteers in Medicine patients, according to a news release.
Off-Island Dental will be offering free services today to pre-qualified, Bluffton-Jasper Volunteers in Medicine patients, according to a news release.

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Published by: Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette on Jul 11, 2014
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OFF-ISLAND DENTAL
1 Sherington Drive, Bluffton, GA 29910, www.offislanddental.com 
NEWS RELEASE
For media information:
 Email: jan@adfishgroup.com  Jan Gourley, Cell: 843-812-5802
Local Dentist Gives Back to the Community After Health Scare with Quarterly Free Community Dental Days BLUFFTON, SC (June 17, 2014)
 – The year 2014 did not start off very well for Dr. Michael Langehans. The local Dentist thought he was beginning the year with a simple case of the flu, however what transpired for the next 34 days changed Langehans life and dental practice forever. On Saturday, December 28, 2013 Dr. Langehans went to urgent care. He was diagnosed with the flu. The nurse practitioner gave him a prescription for Tamiflu with a comment about “take this if you want to, but I really don't know how long you've had this and it may or may not help.” He decided not to take the medicine. By Monday, December 30, he was feeling considerably worse. He had gone into work (he never misses) but at lunch visited a Bluffton doctor to get a chest x-ray. She diagnosed him with bilateral pneumonia. She sent him back to work with instructions to take it easy rest of the week. By Thursday, January 2, Langehans was rushed to the ER at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. He spent the night in the ER and then early the next morning he was air-lifted to Roper St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, SC. He spent the next 22 days in the ICU at Roper. He was completely sedated, paralyzed and intubated for 18 days - and the outlook for a fast recovery was not looking good. The medical personnel explained he needed to be kept that way so his body could rest and antibiotics could work. While in the ICU he developed C-Diff, a nasty intestinal bug with severe cramping and also tested positive for H1N1. After 14 days it is standard procedure to do a tracheotomy. Doctors and nurses woke him after 18 days & began weaning him from the ventilator. By day 22 he was moved to Vibra Acute Rehab Hospital in Mt. Pleasant. His tracheotomy was removed on day 25. He was told he had a staph infection and would need more antibiotics. He was transported by EMS late Friday,  January 31st to Beaufort Memorial Acute Rehab Facility. He improved rapidly and was discharged on Tuesday, February 4 after spending 34 days in the hospital. During this time, Dr. Langehans’ wife, Beth had to find someone to run his practice. He did not have a back-up doctor on-call after the recent departure of a dental employee of 7 years. According to Beth Langehans, “I had to scramble and find someone. Dr. Chuck Ingle had come highly recommended by several dentists in Beaufort and he was willing to drive to Bluffton to help out - I had never met Dr. Ingle before but he was so nice and willing to help out right away. I am a home-schooling mom of four children. Michael and I determined early

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