Christine Scott was an avid runner. She ran in marathons and shorter races as a hobby and to keep in shape. She began having problems with incontinence of urine. She went to see her doctor. Her doctor told her to try a surgical implant of transvaginal mesh. The mesh supports the organs, preventing prolapse. The surgery, her doctor told her, was safe and would fix her problems. He put Avalta mesh, in Christine, which is manufactured by Bard.
Unfortunately, her doctor was wrong. After undergoing the surgery, the first problem Christine noticed was that she could not urinate at all. Obviously, fixing her incontinence by making it impossible for her to urinate was not the proper solution. So she underwent surgery to correct the first problem.
But there were more problems. She began experiencing pain. The mesh was moving around in her body. The mesh is course enough to perforate organs. The mesh is porous enough that organs can adhere to it, making it very difficult, if not impossible for doctors to remove it.
Christine was on the air with Jim Ackerman, along with her husband, Roy Scott, and her attorney’s, husband and wife team of Elaine Houghton and Gene Lorenz. They were participants in the first plaintiff’s verdict in the country involving transvaginal mesh. There has been one defense verdict now.
Christine explained how the transvaginal mesh periodically works its way through her organs, pushing into her vagina. Each time this happens she has to go to the doctor to surgically remove the mesh that has pushed into her vaginal cavity.
If that was not enough, the mesh pushed through her anal canal. She had another surgery to correct the damage, but the injury left her permanently fecally incontinent.
Christine filed suit against Bard, the maker of the mesh. She went through the complicated discovery process. Her lawyers, in the on air interview, said that Bard lied during the discovery process. Bard did not make disclosure, initially, of the information that was available to them, as they are required under law. The lawyers said they did not pursue discovery sanctions against the defendant because they did not want to get off goal. Their goal was trial.
The jury awarded her 5 million dollars in damages, which gets reduced under California law. The Bakersfield jury also awarded her husband $500,000.00 for loss of consortium. The damages included medical for the 8 surgeries Christine had to undergo. Additionally, the jury awarded her damages for her psychological bills, which the jury felt would be necessary over Christine’s life. Christine sees her psychologist on a regular basis concerning her feelings of embarrassment, social phobia and depression.
Christine explained that being on the radio and helping other women is therapeutic; her psychologist recommended it. She wants to help other women who are victims of the transvaginal mesh.
Christine set up a website to help other victims – www.meshgonewrong.com. She has a forum and links for victims of transvaginal mesh.
Christine had Bard’s transvaginal mesh. The mesh had been tested on “16 rats, 12 rabbits, four sheep and, by their own researcher’s admission, the next living being this product went into was women.”
Ackerman Law Office is actively pursuing transvaginal mesh cases like Christine’s. If you have been injured by trans-vaginal mesh, please feel free to call us. We are convinced the product is horrible and would like to help the victims of those who were so careless in its manufacture.