Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update: Canadian woman stages a vaginal mesh demonstration from her wheelchair. A Winnipeg news report published on March 11, 2013 includes video of Christine Asprey participating in a protest outside the Manitoba Legislative Building. Her participation in the demonstration is according to the CVT News, done in the hopes “other women will heed her advice and not get the vaginal mesh”.
Christine Asprey had a hysterectomy in January of 2012 and during the procedure had a vaginal mesh implant inserted. She now claims it has destroyed her life. She is trying to raise enough money to travel to California to get the vaginal mesh removed, a surgery she says is not available to her in Manitoba.
Ms. Asprey’s hysterectomy including the Vaginal mesh implant was performed at the Health Sciences Centre and was reportedly paid for by the Manitoba Province. She claims the surgery has caused her both physical and emotional pain and that if she could go back in time, she would not have had the vaginal mesh implant. Ms. Asprey’s alleged vaginal mesh side effects include chronic pain and difficulty standing or walking. According to CTV News Ms. Asprey claims she is not able to stand or walk and must depend on family for assistance.
Vaginal mesh implants are believed by some surgeons to offer additional support to vaginal and abdominal tissue. Vaginal mesh implants are used to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). The products are derived from abdominal surgical mesh which has been used by surgeons for over 40 years.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July 2011 issued a report about vaginal mesh and the numerous reports of adverse events they had received. Say’s the FDA “A search of the FDA’s Manufacturer and User Device Experience (MAUDE) database from the last 3 years (January 1, 2008 -December 31, 2010), identified 2,874 Medical Device Reports (MDRs) for urogynecologic surgical meshes, including reports of injury, death, and malfunctions. Among the 2,874 reports, 1,503 were associated with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) repairs, and 1,371 were associated with stress urinary incontinence (SUI) repairs.”
Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit
In February, 2013 a jury for a vaginal mesh lawsuit trial in a New Jersey Federal Court awarded a plaintiff over $10 million dollars. The total award quoted includes damages as well as punitives. The plaintiff, a 47 year old former nurse hired a vaginal mesh lawyer to file a vaginal mesh lawsuit. The vaginal mesh side effects alleged in that vaginal mesh lawsuit are reportedly similar to Ms. Asprey’s and many other women.