An unemployed carpenter in Illinois will receive a new set of teeth as a reward for being a good samaritan. This past summer, he turned in $150,000 to authorities after finding it in his garden.
Digital Journal reported the story back in September. Wayne Sabaj, who had to move in with his father due to economic hardship, found the money while he was in his garden picking broccoli to go along with their dinner. The money was discovered stuffed in a duffel bag which had been abandoned.
After bringing the bag inside and counting the money with his father, they both decided that it was best to turn the cash over to authorities to avoid being charged with any crimes.
When asked what he would have done had he kept the money, Sabaj stated that he would first get his teeth fixed. His teeth have been gradually deteriorating over the last 10 years due to poor dental health.
WLS Chicago reports that when Dr. Xhelo Shuaipaj of Elite Dental Care Centers heard the story, he wanted to pay it forward by offering Sabaj free dental work in recognition of his good deed.
Sabaj made his first visit to the dental center on Monday. An examination determined that he would need all of his teeth extracted and replaced with new dentures, according to the Huffington Post. Dentists hope that by improving his dental health, it will improve his overall health as well. Sabaj also suffers from diabetes.
His new dentures are expected to be ready by mid-November.
As far as the money Sabaj found, it has still not yet been claimed. If it remains unclaimed by late 2012, there is a possibility that he will be able to keep the money.