Young father of two dies after tooth infection spreads to lungs

A 26-year-old Sacramento man died Monday after a toothache turned into an infection that spread to his lungs.

Vadim Kondratyuk Anatoliyevich, a professional long haul truck driver, began complaining about pain in his tooth about two weeks ago when he left a truck stop in Truckee, Calif., while traveling to New York,Fox40 reported.

During the cross-country trek, Kondratyuk Anatoliyevich visited a dentist in Oklahoma, who cleaned out his infected tooth and prescribed him antibiotics, and he felt better through his arrival in New York, his wife Natliya told the news station.

But things took a turn when Vadim started toward home, she said. The infection had worsened, causing her husband’s face and mouth to swell.

Uninsured man dies from tooth infection

26-year-old Vadim Kondratyuk Anatoliyevich died after a tooth infection spread to his lungs.

26-year-old Vadim Kondratyuk Anatoliyevich died after a tooth infection spread to his lungs.

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Vadim eventually became too weak to drive, so his brother journeyed to pick him up. By the time they connected the father of two was having trouble breathing and couldn’t stand on his own, so the brothers pulled off to a Utah hospital.

Four days later, Nataliya was blindsided by a phone call from a doctor, who delivered tragic news.

“The doctor said, ‘Tonight is the night he’s gonna die, because we did everything we can and nothing seems to work,’” she told the Fox40 through tears. “It’s just the bacteria and the infection keeps growing to his lungs and they can’t clean it out.’”

Nataliya made it out to the hospital and was by her husband’s side when he passed away Monday morning, according to a GoFundMepage set up for the family.

The grieving wife said her husband had diabetes, but was otherwise healthy,KTLA5 reported.

Nataliya, Vadim's wife, tearfully talks about her husband and his unexpected passing.

Nataliya, Vadim’s wife, tearfully talks about her husband and his unexpected passing.

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The couple had been together for four years and share to young daughters — 2-year-old Vanessa and Maya, 11 months.

“I don’t think you could find a better husband,” she said. “I thank everyone for his prayers, for his brother, for his friend that dropped me off over there.”

The family set up the GoFundMe page to raise the funds required to transport Vadim’s body across state lines, the funeral and to help the family cope with the unexpected death.

According to the page, Vadim was the only working member of the family.

In less than a day, the fundraiser has already netted nearly $100,000.

“I know he’s in heaven. He’s a happy person right now,” Nataliya said. “He’s gonna be my angel for the rest of my life and eh’s gonna help me through this whole time without a dad and without a husband.”

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