How could a piece of gauze end up nearly choking a person to death during a routine trip to the dentist? For some patients, a trip to the dentist ended in the emergency room. John Santilli went into cardiac arrest at his dentist's office after he swallowed a throat pack made from gauze. "I am so lucky to be alive," he told Inside Edition. Jared Wakefield, 22, was declared brain dead after his dentist allegedly left a piece of gauze in his throat while pulling a tooth.
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