The mother of late reality star Jade Goody has undergone emergency dental treatment after a fall caused six of her teeth to be knocked out. Jackiey Budden, 56, lost the teeth after falling down some steps at a friend’s birthday dinner in Paris. She said at the time ‘It would be bad enough losing one tooth, but smashing six is just horrible. I would rather have no arms than these teeth missing. I look like Popeye – it’s so embarrassing.’
Jackiey suffered more extensive damage to her teeth due to the fact that she paralysed her left arm in a motorcycle accident years ago and was unable to break her fall with both arms. She had already had a £150,000 makeover for Living TV show Extreme Makeover in 2006 and was fitted with a dental plate that was also smashing during the accident.
Although the former Celebrity Big Brother contestant has had problems with sobriety in the past she insists she had not been drinking when she was injured; Jackiey was retracing the steps of her daughter’s final holiday and she tripped on a stone step. She commented ‘I missed the step and just went smash. There was blood everywhere.’
Jackiey has kept a relatively low profile since her daughter passed away in 2009, although she appeared on several talk shows and admitted that she has does not see her grandchildren regularly because they live in London and the relationship with their father can sometimes be fractious.