After learning on the internet about an operation that could turn her dark brown eyes light blue, Shenise Farrell jetted off to Panama for the £5,000 operation.
Two weeks later, doctors were fighting to save the sight of the British mother of three who called the experience “the biggest mistake I have ever made.”
Surgeons had to remove implants and repair a hole in her iris. They feared she might suffer long-term damage, despite the success of the reversal procedure which has restored Ms. Farrell’s eyes back to brown.
Ms. Farrell is thought to be the first person in the UK to undergo such a tricky operation, which involves inserting coloured lens inside the eye over the iris, a practice that is illegal in Europe.
She ignored advice not to go ahead with the procedure and cobbled together the £5,000 needed to fund “a holiday” to Panama to do the operation.