Bil Browning

Gay Hate Crime Victim Gets Free Dental Reconstruction

Filed By Bil Browning | March 13, 2014 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Austin, dental work, friends of Dorothy, hate crime victims

dental-reconstruction.pngHere's your feel good story of the day.

After Andrew Oppelman had his teeth knocked out during a savage attack in Austin, Texas, a local dentist stepped up to offer reconstructive surgery for free. Best of all? Oppelman was defending a friend when the attacker turned his wrath on him.

On the night of Austin's Pride event, Oppelman and his friend Nick Soret were waiting for a slice of pizza at one of our many awesome Austin pie places, when police say Lambert Borgardt accused Soret of coming onto him. When Oppelman tried to intervene, video footage caught him turning on Oppelman. Nine of Oppelman's teeth were knocked out. Borgardt was later indicted on third degree felony charges by a Travis County grand jury.

Local Austin dentist, Dr. Gary Cash, D.D.S. says he read about the attack on Oppelman and his need for reconstructive dental surgery on Austin media outlet KVUE's website. Cash asked the reporter to put him into contact with Oppelman. A year and a half after the crime occurred, Oppelman has his new smile, and the LGBT community knows they have a friend in Dr. Cash.

Now that is something to smile about.


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