A pensioner who was “butchered” by a Hungarian dentist after spending her life savings on trying to fix her smile has received a five-figure payout.
Jackie Stokes was left in crippling agony as a result of botched dental work in Budapest after she forked out £9,500 for teeth implants.
The 70-year-old had an implant in her upper jaw and crowns on eight teeth after her dentist of 30 years went private and she was unable to afford the fees.
But the procedures went catastrophically wrong, leaving her with blisters, stitches that fell out and shifting implants that left her with an unsightly “bulldog bite.”
Jackie, of Burton-upon-Trents, Staffs, instructed medical negligence lawyers to investigate her case after she was left with “irreversible damage” to her teeth.
The insurance company for two dentists involved in her care in Hungary have now agreed to pay a five-figure settlement, despite initially denying liability.
Jackie said: “I wouldn’t wish what I’ve faced on anyone and would urge people to not just assume everything is as it seems when they arrange such treatment.
“Proper research is vital, as it will ensure you are able to make an informed decision about how to proceed with any treatment.
“No one should have to go through what I have.”
Jackie said she felt “robbed” of her life savings after a dentist advised her to have the work done abroad as it would be cheaper.
She said: “It’s left me feeling as if I have been butchered, physically assaulted and robbed of my life savings.
“It’s been a nightmare. This entire episode is indelibly etched upon my brain. It’s ruined my life.”
Widow Jackie was first advised by a dentist to have implants fitted in 2012 after a dentist told her gum disease had gone undetected for a number of years.
After speaking with a friend who had undergone similar treatment, she was eventually put in touch with a UK-based company which arranged for dental treatment abroad.
Following an assessment, it was determined that she would need five teeth removed, with five implants being fitted and crowns being added to eight others.
She was also informed the treatment would take place in the UK as well as during two trips to Budapest.
However, Jackie went on to suffer a range of issues during the treatment between 2012 and 2015, including severe pain and discomfort.
She became concerned when her front jaw was protruding, leaving a gap between her gums and upper teeth through which food would seep.
She also said implants placed under her nose went into the nasal cavity and left her in agony.
The implants failed and were