By RICHARD HAYDEN-ROBBINS, Associated Press ReporterNew York, NY (AP) A New York dentist who says he wants to have “a normal life” after being diagnosed with a rare skin condition is in a New Jersey hospital, where he says he was told he may not see his wife again for a decade.
Surgeon Dr. William Sommers says he has a hard time accepting that he can’t get the procedure done on a person who was never his wife, and is worried about his family’s health.
He said in an interview Wednesday that he’s “really frustrated” by the situation.
He says his office has already taken on the responsibility of having to treat the family if needed, but that he hasn’t had a chance to fully plan for it yet.
The family has told him they want to wait until he is cleared to do it, but he says it will be a long time before he sees them again.
The dental union says Sommars surgery is not a treatment option for the common skin condition.
The American Dental Association says it is “not a treatment for the skin condition.”
It’s been a long road for Sommals family.
He was born with a genetic condition called ichthyosis, and the family has had several surgeries to try to repair his teeth.
But they eventually settled on cosmetic dentistry because it was the only way they could get the treatment they wanted.
Sommers is a certified orthodontist, and has had to do more than 30 surgeries since his diagnosis.
He has to make decisions on which procedure is right for him, and what kind of teeth can be created.
He can also take on some of the work of cleaning up after patients if they have a problem.SOMERS said he feels that if his wife can’t go, he will have to do everything in his power to help her and make sure she’s happy.
He is not sure how long he’ll be able to do that, though.
Somers is not the first dentist to find himself in this predicament.
In March, a dentist in California was charged with attempted murder after he tried to stab a woman in her home with a hammer after her husband told her he could no longer afford to do the surgery.