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‘Happier to be free:’ Abuse survivor cries for joy after dentist fix broken teeth for free

A Lantana woman had always been strong and independent.

When she finally walked away from her five-year abusive relationship, she noticed she had briefly lost many of her hardworking assets.

The 32-year-old, who wants to be identified as Jane, is rebuilding her life and is using her experience to help others realize they can live a life they’re proud of and deserve.

“I knew his behavior was wrong. I knew the situation was wrong. I was trying to get out of it, but they trap you,” she said. 

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The most recent done at the hands of the man Jane thought she knew and loved left her bloodied and bruised, with horrible marks on her face.

“He punched me in the face and knocked me cold to the ground,” she said. “Thankfully, I’ve never seen his face again.”

Jane broke her silence about her abusive relationship while in the hospital that night. Jane says victims don’t deserve to have their world unraveling on the inside, they need to tell someone.

“I felt like I put myself in this position and that I needed to get myself out of it, so I was honestly working to try to get myself out of it,” she said. “You need to ask for help, you need to tell people your situation, you need to accept the help.”

In this season of giving, dentists at Spodak Dental Group in Delray Beach want to turn her tragedy to triumph. For them, that’s helping to boost her self-esteem and sense of self-worth with a restored smile at no cost.



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“My sincere hope is that her confidence and her strength, sends a message to someone at home who is in an abusive relationship to not take it anymore,” said Dr. Craig Spodak of Spodak Dental Group. “To take care of their family and leave a relationship like that.”

“I have a great view on life. I am so happy right now, I never felt happier to be free. I won’t let this define me in anyway shape or form,” Jane said. “I had no idea of the resources that were out there.”

There are several resources available in Palm Beach County, including Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, or AVDA, with a team working around the clock to get survivors shelter and transitional housing. Right now, they’re getting between 180 to 200 calls a month, a significant climb.

“We’re finding unfortunately that the violence level, the lethality level of these situations, is very high, guns are involved, multiple children,” said Jennifer Rey, Program Services Director at Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse.

While it’s high, she says rooms are available and safety measures are in place for those who want to reach out and escape.

“We have PPE for everybody. We have a cleaning regime that’s making the place wiped down every 8 hours, so we’re going a lot to make it safe

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Pensioner ‘butchered’ by dentist after spending life savings trying to her fix smile

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.

She took two trips out to Hungary
She took two trips out to Hungary

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.”

Jakie urged people to do proper research before getting dental treatment
Jakie urged people to do proper research before getting dental treatment

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.

Jackie after her first trip to the central European country
Jackie after her first trip to the central European country

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.

Jackie in August 2013 after both trips to Hungary for treatment

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

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