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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Gut wrenching

Wexford jockey's DIY tooth extraction

MARIA PEPPER

WELL-KNOWN Wexford jockey John Cullen insisted this week he didn't know that a gruesome video of him using a pliers to extract a painful tooth from the mouth of a horse-owner would be uploaded to the internet video sharing site YouTube.

The video, which has already been viewed more than 3,000 times, shows Cullen in do-it-yourself dentist mode as he removes a tooth from Frank McGee, the owner of 'Another Jewel', which he rode for him in France last summer.

The video, entitled ' The Extraction by Cullen', was uploaded in September and has had 3,270 views since then.

It shows the patient 'Francie' McGee standing in a yard, open-mouthed with a

large glass of brandy in his hand, while the Wexford jockey extracts a back tooth with an adjustable pliers.

The Blackwater man carries out the task quite expertly in a couple of movements, removing the tooth and its roots in one piece. Mr McGee's face takes on a queasy look during the operation but he recovers his composure with a gulp of brandy. An unidentified man and woman are watching the operation.

When contacted about the YouTube video this week, John Cullen said the incident happened in France during the summer. Frank McGee had a bad tooth which was giving him a lot of pain. The group was there for two weeks, and there was no dentist nearby.

'He would have let me go at it with a chisel, he was in so much pain,' said John, adding that he was asked to pull the tooth.

'I was the only sober one there. They decided to video it for the craic, but I didn't know that they were going to put it on YouTube,' he said, adding that 'a few' people have mentioned the online clip to him.

Frank McGee was 'grand' following the extraction, 'not a bother on him', although he had to get some antibiotics a few days later, the jockey added.

John said the reason he agreed to pull the tooth was because Frank was in pain. 'I did it because he was in strife with the tooth. I didn't offer to do it, I was asked. But I never thought they'd put it on YouTube,' he said. WELL-KNOWN Wexford jockey John Cullen insisted this week he didn't know that a gruesome video of him using a pliers to extract a painful tooth from the mouth of a horse-owner would be uploaded to the internet video sharing site YouTube.

The video, which has already been viewed more than 3,000 times, shows Cullen in do-it-yourself dentist mode as he removes a tooth from Frank McGee, the owner of 'Another Jewel', which he rode for him in France last summer.

The video, entitled ' The Extraction by Cullen', was uploaded in September and has had 3,270 views since then.

It shows the patient 'Francie' McGee standing in a yard, open-mouthed with a

large glass of brandy in his hand, while the Wexford jockey extracts a back tooth with an adjustable pliers.

The Blackwater man carries out the task quite expertly in a couple of movements, removing the tooth and its roots in one piece. Mr McGee's face takes on a queasy look during the operation but he recovers his composure with a gulp of brandy. An unidentified man and woman are watching the operation.

When contacted about the YouTube video this week, John Cullen said the incident happened in France during the summer. Frank McGee had a bad tooth which was giving him a lot of pain. The group was there for two weeks, and there was no dentist nearby.

'He would have let me go at it with a chisel, he was in so much pain,' said John, adding that he was asked to pull the tooth.

'I was the only sober one there. They decided to video it for the craic, but I didn't know that they were going to put it on YouTube,' he said, adding that 'a few' people have mentioned the online clip to him.

Frank McGee was 'grand' following the extraction, 'not a bother on him', although he had to get some antibiotics a few days later, the jockey added.

John said the reason he agreed to pull the tooth was because Frank was in pain. 'I did it because he was in strife with the tooth. I didn't offer to do it, I was asked. But I never thought they'd put it on YouTube,' he said.

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