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Dentist Provides Free Dental Reconstruction To Gay Hate Crime Victim

For the past year and a half, Dr. Gary Cash has been providing Andrew Oppelman with up to six figures in dental care after he lost nine teeth in a violent assault.

1. In October of 2012, Andrew Oppelman and Nick Soret were assaulted in an alleged hate crime during Pride in Austin, TX.

2. The two men were reportedly waiting for a slice of pizza at a food truck when a man accused Soret of hitting on him.

Security cameras caught Oppelman being struck in the face after he stepped in to intervene. The alleged attacker, Lambert Borgardt, fled the scene but was later charged with third degree felony assault.

3. Oppelman had nine of his teeth completely knocked out in the attack.

4. A local Austin dentist, Dr. Gary Cash, was “deeply disturbed” by the attack. He reached out to a reporter to get in touch with Oppelman.

5. For the past year and a half, Dr. Cash has been providing Oppelman with dental reconstruction procedures – including implants – totally free of charge.

6. A victim’s relief fund helped to pay for a huge portion of the work, which otherwise would have cost up to six figures.

7. The dentist wanted to give back to the city of Austin and the people who have been “so warm and welcoming” to his practice.

“I figured that’s not the way someone should be treated from out of town,” said Dr. Cash.

8. Oppelmon posted to his facebook, “As of now I have had thousands of dollars in dental work done and a lot more to come. My spirit has been broken but because of the support I am on the mend.”

9. Watch the full story below via KVUE:

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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Sarah Karlan at sarah.karlan@buzzfeed.com.
 
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