SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - They paid upfront for braces, but now a Macomb County family says their orthodontist is nowhere to be found.
Despite the situation, there's plenty for the Talmadge family to smile about. Fifteen-year-old Jordan Talmadge is a cancer survivor in remission. In fact, Jordan's diagnosis caught the attention of his orthodontist Dr. Oscar Gagoh.
"When he found out my son had had cancer, he offered to do his braces for free," said Beth Talmadge, "Which was a blessing."
Gagoh offered to install Jordan's sister's braces as well, at a discounted rate. Jordan's mother paid $1,500 up front. But when Jordan came back to get his braces tightened this past week, he was told Dr. Gagoh no longer practiced at his office in Shelby Township.
In fact, the doctor hadn't been there for three weeks.
"He was supposed to do it and he's not there." said Jordan Talmadge, "What am I supposed to do now?"
The office building owner tells 7 Action News he evicted Gagoh after the doctor had trouble paying rent.
Dr. Gagoh was not at his home in Rochester. But our visit prompted a phone call from the doctor.
"I care so deeply for my patients." said Gagoh, who says since he's been evicted, he's been unable to access his patients' contacts.
In regards to who should be taking care of his patients now, Dr. Gagoh didn't seem to know.
"If there is any way of contacting them, I will." said Gagoh.
"At this point I'm not sure what I'm going to do." said Beth Talmadge, "I might try to find someone else that can help us out."