A jury in Bakersfield, California, awarded a couple $5.5 million recently against C.R. Bard Medical, the maker of Avaulta Mesh, a medical implant. Christine Scott has had severe complications ever since she had a vaginal mesh surgically implanted. Mrs. Scott and her husband sued C.R. Bard Medical, contending the company knew its product was unsafe. After hearing the evidence, the jury awarded Mrs. Scott $5 million and her husband $500,000.
Mrs. Scott’s case has been in court for about four years and she has been under court-ordered silence during that time. An active runner, she got the implant to correct a leaky bladder. But the device began cutting her colon, and tissue grew and continues to grow through the tiny holes in the mesh. This resulted in her having eight surgeries. Mrs. Scott’s doctors don’t know how many more surgeries will be required.
To date almost 50,000 women have had the mesh implanted, and 650 lawsuits have been filed and are pending. The maker advertised the mesh as having been approved by the FDA. But that wasn’t true since the FDA has never approved the mesh for this use. C.R. Bard Medical stopped selling the Avaulta Mesh on July 1, 2012 in the United States, saying it was because the FDA wanted more clinical trials done. But the dangerous mesh is still being sold in other countries. Mrs. Scott’s doctors say that she will continue to deal with complications from the mesh. But now this brave lady will be able to be a voice for other women. She wants to help get the message out to other women, hoping they won’t become victims and have to go through the same ordeal that she has endured.
There will likely be an appeal in the case. But Mrs. Scott says she’s just happy to no longer have the court-ordered silence, so that she can talk about what happened to her and why. In fact, she wants to start a support group for women. Bakersfield lawyer Gene Lorenz and Elaine Houghton, a lawyer from Tacoma, represented the Plaintiffs. They did a very good job in this most significant case.
Source: Associated Press
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