Maybe annoying little brothers and trips to the dentist aren’t so bad, after all.
Baylee Mee’s younger brother, Hunter, insisted on tagging along when Baylee had her wisdom teeth removed last April.
Not for moral support. He wanted to videotape her and her reactions to the procedure.
His intuition paid off.
Baylee Mee, a senior at Galena High School in Reno, Nevada, had some hilarious reactions due to the sedatives. Mee earned an athletic scholarship to play lacrosse at Colorado State University.
Her four wisdom teeth were severely impacted, which made the procedure longer and more painful than it usually is.
“They had to give her even more painkillers,” Baylee’s mother, Margo Mee, said.
‘I was a mess’
Hunter taped about two hours of a very loopy Baylee after the procedure. As her mother removed a wad of bloody gauze out of Baylee’s mouth, the girl shrieked, thinking it was her tongue.
“I was a mess,” Baylee said of the video, which she thought was funny, too, after the shock wore off. But she had no idea it would go as far as it did.
Friends suggested the family send it to “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”
Margo Mee said they submitted the video then forgot about it until the show’s producers contacted them last fall. The family went to Manhattan Beach in Southern California twice to tape the show in November.
The video won the $10,000 prize on the Jan. 5 AFV show and was one of three finalists for the $100,000 prize on the Jan. 12 show, but did not win that night.
Margo Mee said that experience was fun, but both were long days, due to several re-takes, and helped the family realize TV is not in their future.
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Margo Mee said the voting for that $100,000 prize was done by visitors to Walt Disney World.
“There’s more families there at Disney World and I think they were voting for the super cute family video,” Margo Mee said.
Baylee said some people have recognized her around town, thanks to being on the show.
The $10,000 will go to college and to a new laptop computer for Baylee.
“It’s still hard to believe,” Margo Mee said. “It’s very surreal.”
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