Family dentist in VA hospital after son dies of cancer

A family dentist in Virginia is in critical condition after his son died of cancer, his wife said.

The family’s father was one of five children in a family practice in the small town of Altamonte Springs.

Family dentist, Michael J. Thomas, 53, died on Friday of a heart attack, according to his wife, Mary Ann Thomas, 60, who was at the hospital with him.

“We are heartbroken,” Ms Thomas told ABC News.

Mr Thomas was one the five children of a man named Michael Thomas, who worked as a family dentist at the Altamonter Springs Family Dentistry in rural Virginia, ABC News reported.

Ms Thomas said her husband had been working at the practice for almost 20 years.

“He loved to do dental work, and he did the best he could,” she said.

The practice is about 100 kilometres (62 miles) north-east of Virginia City, Virginia, on the Virginia-South Carolina border.

Mr Thomas had been in the hospital since Wednesday, Ms Thomas said.

Doctors said his condition had improved after he underwent a coronary angioplasty and was in a stable condition.

“I feel like my heart is in my throat,” he told the Washington Post.

“This is the worst I’ve ever felt,” Ms James told the paper.

“But we are going to have to take it,” she added.

After the family dentist was found unconscious on Wednesday, a group of people drove him to the hospital, where he died on Saturday.

The dental practice is owned by a family who has been in it for almost a century, according a news release from the Altamont Springs Police Department.