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Day Four: Doctors and Patients in Boston Scientific Pinnacle Mesh Trial

jurors 2DAY FOUR:

Two of the four female plaintiffs who’ve filed defective product cases against mesh maker Boston Scientific (BSC) appeared on the stand in this fourth day in a Miami federal courtroom.

It will be up to the 9 person jury to decide, by the preponderance of the evidence, whether the Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair mesh kit, made by BSC, was defectively designed and whether the company failed to warn doctors through the product directions for use (DFU).

Plaintiff AE

Plaintiff Ms. Eghnayem

The women claim negligence, defective product, a failure to warn, a breach of express and implied warranty and fraudulent concealment. They are seeking punitive damages. The jury of five men and four women appeared to be alert for Thursday’s testimony.

Plaintiff AE appeared on the stand in the morning. Married and the mother of seven children she is an ultrasound technologist. In February of 2008 she had a Pinnacle Mesh kit repair done at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm, Florida by Dr. William Porter.

AE complained of vaginal loosening and she experienced prolapsing organs, a cystocele and rectocele, as a result. AE told the court she never had incontinence until after the Pinnacle was placed. What followed for her and her husband was dyspareunia (painful sex) which she says harmed her relationship. She experienced a heaviness in her bowel, pain and loss of sensation in her pelvis.

On one trip to visit her husband in Egypt, something she called a “tough trip,” she had a bout of incontinence on the plane. “It was embarrassing,” she said. In August 2012 she had a removal surgery which was followed by four to six weeks of a painful recovery.

The pain is gone but she still has a feeling of pressure and has lost sensation in her vaginal area.

Molly Craig, Hood Law

Molly Craig, Hood Law

On cross examination Molly Craig asked whether the doctors suggested having seven children might have contributed to poor vaginal tone. Yes, the witness answered.

Craig charged that in 2008 AE saw symptoms similar to her on the internet and concluded her problems were associated with mesh.

“May we approach” said plaintiffs’ counsel, Jim Perdue as that line of questioning stopped.

Dr. Vladimir Iakovlov

Dr. Vladimir Iakovlov, Pathologist

Dr. Vladimir Iakovlov, Pathologist

A lean looking scientist entered the courtroom around this time. One could surmise he was a scientist because he was carrying a bulky microscope.

On the stand, witness Dr. Vladimir Iakovlov introduced himself as the Director of Cytotechnology at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. The anatomic pathologist looks at biomarkers and conducts pathological evaluations of explanted transvaginal mesh, among other materials.

Dr. Iakovlov looked at the medical records of AE and confirmed she had suffered mesh erosion in the anterior and posterior positions. Her mesh had been removed and was preserved.

Judge Goodwin asked the Russian-born scientist to speak slowly so the transcriber would not miss scientific jargon delivered with a heavy accent.

On a large demonstration board set up before the jury, oversized images of explanted mesh were displayed. Resembling a huge piece of fried chicken breast, Dr. Iakovlov explained the mesh had stiffened like a piece of plastic. The Pinnacle arms were rolled into a cord or rope-like structure and were no longer flat. One arm remained behind in her body. The second photo showed fragments of stiffened and hardened mesh removed in jagged irregular pieces. It was also devoid of any flat surfaces.

2 jurors

Two jurors, Art by J. Akre

The jurors leaned in to more closely observe the pink stained images dotted with specs of blue and sparkling white lights, highlighted through polarization. The pathologist explained the foreign body response, incited by the presence of mesh, causes inflammation. What results is scar tissue that encapsulates the mesh as the body tries to distance itself from the invader. See a study he authored in 2013: Mesh is Not Inert.

Nerve entrapment is long associated with pain. Arteries can be obliterated next to the mesh. In this slide, mesh had migrated into the bladder and the bladder wall.

“In my opinion to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, mesh had degraded, scars encapsulated and caused erosion in AE,” he concluded.

To rebut the witness, the attorney for Boston Scientific asked Dr. Iakovlov whether his polarization technique was widespread and accepted? For example had the other pathologist, who looked at the mesh the day it was explanted in 2012, used such techniques?

“No he didn’t take sections” said the doctor explaining his slices of the mesh were like a salami slice. “If you have unusual findings, you take sections,” he said.

Attempting to raise questions about his credentials, the Russian-trained doctor said in his country one enters medical school right out of high school. He has been hired by plaintiff lawyers and has done five or six depositions.

Dr. Iakovlov also concludes hernia mesh reacts the same way pelvic mesh reacts.

 

Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair kit

Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair kit

Plaintiff JB

The testimony of plaintiff JB took place in the afternoon. As a Cuban woman in her 60’s Juana came to Miami in 1992 and speaks Spanish. A translator had to convey every sentence to her slowing down the pace of testimony.

In her native country, JB had suture surgery to correct a prolapse and rectocele. She had no problems with it until many years later when she again she had prolapsing organs protruding through her vagina.

JB said she thought the Miami surgeon, also a Spanish speaker, would approach her repair the same way even though he explained it was a mesh.

In June 2010 she received a Pinnacle implant, the largest of all mesh kits, to hold back her prolapse. Another surgery followed in 2012 to address the pain and discomfort, inflammation, pain upon urination and a return of incontinence but that partial removal failed to resolve the stabbing pains, discomfort and pain in her leg and lower abdomen. She told the jury she is looking at another procedure as her symptoms remain.

“What can you no longer do you would like to do?” asked attorney Jim Perdue.

Some days are harder than others, she said. “I always have discomfort,” she said and added she can no longer play with her granddaughter. “My life is no longer the same. I can’t work much,” she said. Talk of her children and grandchildren brought forth the first tears the courtroom has seen from any of the four plaintiffs.

At that point, one of the jurors, a young Hispanic-appearing male in the back row, also appeared to be crying. His eyes were red and his head stayed on the monitor before him.

Hildy Sastre, Shook Hardy, Bacon

Hildy Sastre, Shook Hardy, Bacon

To show the other side, on cross-exam, Hildy Sastre of Shook Hardy asked JB if she felt pain and difficulty with urination before her Pinnacle implant. The Spanish translation made it difficult to pin down the plaintiff. With her surgery scheduled in Miami for June 2010, she had three months to discuss the risks of a pelvic mesh surgery with the surgeon, yet she hadn’t. She signed an informed consent in 2008 and that document was shown to the jury.

Sastre presented medical reports following surgery that showed JB had no complaints of pelvic pain. That left was confusion about medical records and whether they can always be trusted. Did your doctor use a computer Jim Perdue asked on re-direct.

Objection Judge, not in evidence, said the defense.

Judge Goodwin cleared up the confusion. “He (Perdue) is suggesting that doctors make mistakes.” Bring the doctors in here to refute the doctor records, said Judge Goodwin, trying to move things along.

Almost on cue, the two treating doctors for JB appeared to the jury via videotape. Dr. Gomez-Pedrazo the implanting physician said if he had known complications were “not rare” with the Pinnacle he would have changed his use of the product. Today he uses sacral suspension to treat prolapse. And explant physician, Dr Pando said JB had mesh erosion that creates chronic inflammation one symptom of which is pain.

“Is there anything in her past medical history that would cause pelvic pain and dyspareunia”

“No nothing other than the placement of mesh,” said Dr. Pando. He added that “I won’t be able to fix it. I don’t think a second surgery is going to help.” #

52 Comments

  1. Jane R. says:

    Wow. Jane you bring us all into the courtroom with your writing.

    How many cases have to be heard to prove this mesh is bad?

    • Jane Akre says:

      Each manufacturer gets a bite of that apple. This is the first bellwether trial for BSC in the federal court, so they get three more. Trial may conclude by next Friday!

    • Jane Akre says:

      BS won their first two cases in a Mass courtroom,, then lost their third one Big time. You know it’s already proven, it’s just how obstinate these companies want to be!

  2. Mary pat says:

    Jane – your reporting is so educational. The world would be in the dark about mesh without you.

    Thank you! Awesome job!

  3. Sandy says:

    Jane you are wonderful. I would have never known any thing about meh with out you. No doctors in my area want to even mention the word. God bless you for being the angel we all need.

    • Jan Urban says:

      The Doctor’s here in Ohio, Canton are in DENIAL. Went to the ER after having Exploratory Surgery. I had been bleeding from the rectum. I had a DNC and a Huge polyp removed from my uterus so why the bleeding. I had mention to the Doctors at the ER that I had a mesh implant. Oh, No, we don’t deal with mesh. I thinking what if this causing my bleeding. I called the Hospital a few days later and asked them if they could take care of my a medical emergency if the mesh would cause an issue. I have no idea if they could or will. And I still do not no what all the bleeding was about either. My surgeon and another surgeon in his practice racked their brains and the doctor’s in the ER have no idea. So Mesh Who, What?

    • Jane Akre says:

      Trying to raise awareness. Let’s not let one more doctor say ‘You’re the only one!”

  4. JCD says:

    Thanks again Jane for keeping us up to date on this trial. I still don’t know how a lawyer (ESPECIALLY a woman), in good conscience, can defend the use of mesh and place the blame on the women who have been harmed by it. Perhaps some day they themselves, or someone close to them, will be affected by mesh and they will feel badly about what did to these poor women.

  5. mary l. valasek says:

    Thanks for the great updates. It is good to know what is going on. As I read all the things that can still go wrong. I have sharp pain most of the time. And worry about the next surgery I may need. Put this mesh in 1 of the lawyers or jury and see how they feel.

    • Jane Akre says:

      What’s so interesting is the two lead lawyers for Boston Scientific are younger women, in their 40s or so. I really wonder what goes on in their heads!!!

  6. stopmeshimplants says:

    One by one….Let’s all tell our stories in these bellwether cases. The whole world will know what these greedy pharmaceutical companies have done to so many. Thank you for the excellent trial coverage. I continue to pray every day for these plaintiffs and all the individuals harmed by mesh.

  7. Tamara says:

    Thank you Jane for giving such wonderful information about the trials. My 50 year old sister is a victim of mesh erosion and it has literally stolen the past 4 years from her (and her husband and children). It has been so awful to watch her go through all of the pain, surgeries, infections, hemorrhaging, etc. Then in 2011, the mesh erosion caused her to have to have her urethra rebuilt and come home with a catheter for several weeks….(I have never seen anyone in so much pain). That’s when the worsening depression started which was only compounded when she had to drive an hour each way and pay $70.00 a visit (3 times/week) to get humiliating vaginal therapy where they had to insert dilators to try to “tear” open her vaginal area which had almost scarred itself shut. I don’t know how she has done it….. It is all such a shame. I mean it is so unfair that a 46 year old can go from being an active registered nurse….having never even having had a urinary tract infection in her life…. to developing a cystocele in 2010….asking a physician for help for…receiving a mesh kit as the MD said this is the only way to go if she wanted to keep her career…..and now she has had to give up her nursing career because of the pain in her groin and sacrospinous ligaments (Oh, did I mention that this has caused her to walk abnormally since day one of her surgery and now she is being told she will need a hip replacement as she has worn away much of her hip joint’s capsule and some of cartilage?) Seriously…how anyone could ever make light of the damage to these women and their marriages…Jane…please keep up the good work. My sister looks forward to reading your updates as your information gives her (and I am sure others like her) hope that someone will indeed hear their stories and pleas for help. Thank you so much. TLS

    • Jane Akre says:

      TLS… what a tragic story.. I’m so sorry. does she have adequate medical care?… therapy is not likely a good solution for a mesh injury, that’s my non-doctor opinion, but nerves don’t do will with continual irritation… please contact me at janeakre@meshnewsdesk.com Does she have her medical records? No one should live like that. That you for the kind words….

      • Tamara Snell says:

        She had sworn off medical care for a year or so because she couldn’t find anyone who would help her…anyone who understood the vaginal mesh injuries, anyway…plus her medical bills were overwhelming her. She was told by her uro-gynecologist to call her back in the next 6-12 mos. (or sooner) when she felt ready… as she was recommended to have an abdominal sacral colpopexy but she was so scared to have surgery at that time because when she bled out…it really traumatized her.but when she called reschedule her appointment, her urogynecologist who had helped her with the removals and the rebuilding of her urethra was unavailable and they said that she retired suddenly. She was devastated by this too…and felt so down that she was not called and informed about this. She later received a letter stating that she could see the new younger (male) urogynecologist who was taking her place. My sister didn’t want to go to the male physician that just came to the practice. She said she was so tired and just didn’t want to tell her story to another pharmaceutical supporting M.D. nor have standing pelvics by a man…In addition, her family couldn’t afford more bills because her son (my nephew) was going through surgery and chemo for testicular cancer. She said she would just have to live in shame and embarrassment with the occasional incontinence and give up her career and love of the healthcare industry which had let her down…however; when the hip, groin and sacrospinous discomfort worsened…she said she just couldn’t deal with it anymore as anytime she would get in a car to drive..she would have severe pain when pressing on the gas and brake pedals. She finally broke down and got steroid injections and they have helped for now…but I am sure it is just a matter of time before they have to be repeated and she will ultimately have to have a pelvic repair and hip replacement. As far as a lawyer….well my sister states she has a lawyer….has had one for 3 years…(her problems started the day of surgery 4 years ago when she couldn’t stand up straight) yet she has only heard from the actual attorney one time…when he took her case. While she has called a handful of times over the years….she has probably only heard back from him one other time as they said she will have to wait until all of these current trials are completed….she is just so saddened and I am sure feels as though the money is all that matters to him. Sad.

        Well Jane, I am going to leave you with the following story that not only my sister went through..but all of her family. I feel it’s important for me to share that and let others see the fear that some of these women go through….and their families…because its a night I will never forget…(my sister has given me permission to write, by the way and this occurred 9 months after my sister’s mesh was inserted:

        While my sister had had some mild bleeding since the mesh was inserted for her cystocele repair, she hadn’t had a menstrual cycle since 1997 after she had a total hysterectomy in 1997. Well, on a Saturday morning, her husband dropped her off at WalMart and he drove next door to Lowes. After she had gone down a few aisle, she felt some knifelike pains and began having vaginal bleeding so hard that she went through 5 pads. (blood even came out the back of her pants). She immediately left her cart…called her husband…he left his things at Lowes…and he rushed back over to WalMart and began rushing her to the hospital. While en-route she called and talked to her urogynecologist (who prior to that seemed to be a mesh supporter ) and she told her to meet her at her (closed) doctor’s office…not at the hospital (they were next door to each other). My sister being a nurse said she was sorry, but she was going to go to the hospital as she just knew she would need lab work and possibly surgery. In the E.R. they applied pressure on 2 separate areas which were bleeding….(the doctor even said to the ER nurse that she was trying to put pressure on those areas and not touch the other mesh that was exposed as she didn’t want them to start bleeding too). After about 45 minutes….the uro-gynecologist decided to cauterize her to get the bleeding to stop and they admitted her…..that night they did a CT scan which showed she had a really enlarged uterus (she doesn’t have one..omg..total hysterectomy!)….Anyway, the next morning she felt severe back pain and a lot of pressure and was afraid she was going to suffer a bout of incontinence… so she stood up next to her hospital bed to go to the restroom…well, evidently that misdiagnosed CT scan stating enlarged uterus was actually 2 large hematomas (and an enlarged spleen) and upon standing, she said she felt the hematomas rupture and blood gushed all over the hospital room floor and into the bathroom. She said her nurse walked in at that time and she could tell she was really upset along with her….in fact, my sister was so upset that she called her husband who was at home with the kids and he said she told him that she didn’t know if she was going to make it back home as she was scared she was bleeding internally ( she said the blood appeared light and dark and she was fearful she was hemorrhaging.) Now..is that something that someone should have to go through…or plead to have heard? On an end note…my sister did say while she wished no one would have had to gone through what she had to… she really wished she could find a friend to talk to about all of the problems…and some potential hope….so she could have an understanding support system. I pray one day she will be able to tell her story herself so a court could hear and see the anguish this has caused…she is not the same bubbly person and her spirit is fading. Thanks, TLS

  8. sandy says:

    the problem is other than for here at the mesh newsdesk you don’t hear anything on the national news and local news about mesh problems except for commercials. so really the world will never know at least not now because no one cares it’s a woman’s issue and they’re not going to put it on the news or in papers. if these companies want to do the honorable thing they would just settle the lawsuit and go forward I would have more respect for them if they would do that instead of trying to defend their way out of hurting women.

  9. justme says:

    Thank you Jane.

  10. Kitty says:

    Dr Lakovlov was very good. What happened to Dr Margolis?

  11. Anna Cantu says:

    I too am having severe hip pain. I had a doctor tell me that it couldn’t be arthritis because it was only on one side…really???? Arthritis moves all over the body…and he was a rheumatologist! I am tired of all of the idiots in the world. I know more now than they do and I am not even in the medical field!

    I have also stopped working because I cannot stand or sit or concentrate for a long period of time. I am so broke and doctor bills are mounting. When, if ever, will we see any relief? How can we fight when they have already decided that our pain is only worth x amount of dollars and we will end up with nothing after all is said and done!

  12. Kim says:

    I just visited the doctor again for follow up after having physical therapy for pelvic floor strengthening and working on making the scar tissue more malleable. I told him the problems I’m having from immunosuppression caused by the mesh. He said that there is no EVIDENCE (he emphasized the word) that mesh causes this. I believe that this doctor is still implanting mesh and is also removing it. He is making money on both, trading on women’s pain. He said he would remove mine and that it would take multiple surgeries. He said that removing mesh is like scraping a postage stamp off a piece of paper. The mesh holds, but the bladder and other organs and tissues could tear. He said 50% who have mesh removed have less pain. Such great options!

  13. Jan Urban says:

    How much longer will it take for those who are responsible to step up and take responsibility. I do not have nearly any of the adverse effects most of you write about and I feel like I am being tortured. I’m am disgusted at Doctors who ignore the obvious, the facts are staring at them and I am sure they read what we read. They are treating us like the women were treated back in the 40’s telling them they were suffering from “Housewife Syndrome” when they began to lose their hair and had radiation burns and more effects from the bomb tests. The only bright light that could come out of these trials is that Mesh would no longer be allowed to be implanted in any human again. The scales of justice in the matter of mesh victims are tilted for the lawyers because of the Tort Reform. Our lives now and forever will be dealing with the ill effects that consume our bodies. It is just so sad, so very sad.

  14. msm says:

    PLEASE think twice before allowing the implanting surgeon to remove any mesh. I have read several notes about nightmares experienced at the hands of the implanting surgeon. Only a few docs have started questioning the use of mesh after seeing complications. Most remain” pro-mesh”.

    Many practices and med schools have online appointment requests. I filled out several making it clear that I had mesh that was exposed hoping to exclude docs who are non-believers of mesh issues. I got one response offering help.A nurse called and was very understanding. She said the doc could see me in two weeks. He made it clear that he was not” anti mesh” but mine was exposed and infected and needed to be removed. He has taken very good care of me.

    So PLEASE consider a different doc when you know or greatly suspect the mesh. Contacting online kept me from wasting time with docs who don’t believe mesh causes problems or the patronizing docs who say it’s all in your head or docs who are afraid to disagree with colleagues. No phone rejection from indignant office staff that they “don’t deal with mesh.”

    I gave my implanting surgeon far too many opportunities to admit the mesh was even exposed when it was obvious. He never would’ve helped me.

    • Kitty says:

      you are so right msm I was told removal will result in probable colostomy, iliostomy and perhaps death as I was one of the first guina pigs.back in the day before Dr Miller reinvented the mesh. I had a partial removal of one of the 3 It was causing urine retention. I really believe the foreign body response at this point Asthma, long period of recovoery from colds et al. pain and spasms inability to lay on right side inability to walk with out spasming in the hips and sacrum. I bit of massage from pelvic floor therapist did help with break up of scar tissue. After she did that procedure–I had the most excruciating pain that nite. The next day I went to the Dr for some antibiotics for an upper respiratory and that seemed to help with the pain in the pelvic as well. I talked to my allergist about that and he said NO WAY did I have eroding mesh. He said I would have yellow pus et al coming out. One has to be very careful who you say anything to as they will think you are a hypchondriacal PSYCHO

      • msm says:

        Had one idiot say if I didn’t have a fever, then it wasn’t infected. THAT was amazing. To know docs with such limited knowledge are practicing medicine is frightening and maddening.

  15. Anna Cantu says:

    It is so shocking to hear others talk about constant allergies and other infections…I have been to every doctor on the planet! Yes it shows I am a little allergic to mold but I never ever had allergies, sinus infections, cold sores, pain, fever, suffering in general until this nightmare was implanted over 8 years ago!

    • Mary Pat says:

      Anna – I too, never had allergies. Post mesh implant, I am hyper-sensitive to everything. Make-up and beauty creams that I used for years, symptom free, now burn and sting and cause redness. I had allergy tests a month after my second mesh removal surgery and I was allergic to EVERYTHING! I had had allergy tests several times over the last 20 years because I had sinus infections. I was allergic to nothing, I had sinus rhynitis. The mesh and foreign body response has wacked out my entire system. I can no longer eat dairy or gluten and I am hyper-sensitive to everything now. This is happening to so many of us! Not a coincidence!

  16. Jane Akre says:

    Without missing a beat- every person I talk to who is affected by mesh has some sort of autoimmune issue that has developed since mesh. I’d say in fairness 85% or so. That is NOT a good coincidence…

  17. Sandy says:

    Kitty Dr, Hibner is really a good doctor and I believe he will take mesh out. Do not let the doctor who put it in take it out who ever you go to do not let it be the one who put it in. I don’t care what you say bitn if you tell them they messed up and need to take it to they will not be happy. I agree with msm. You need to find an objective doctor Dr Hibner is a really god doctor. I have talked to other patients of his and all have said he is good. You can contact me any time Jane has my phone number. I will continue to pray for you all. Excuse me but this is just plain horse shit what we have to go thru!! I talked to a mesh survived today who was crying! How can this happen in America! Some one has to listen! Someone has to make national news. Does it take someone’s deth to do this!?????? I too am sick and tired of this. We were going to start a pelvic pain support group where I live but every one is afraid due to lawsuits. Mean while we suffer in silence alone hoping for better days that I am afraid will never come until we make national news! How long do we have to wait for settlements.mi was never in this for money but money would help me to hire someone to help me now. I want this to be all over. I want to wake up from this nightmare!!!,

  18. Jan Urban says:

    Made an appointment with a Gastrologist to see what was going on with the bleeding of my rectum after that surgery of 2 weeks ago. I have put on over 50 pounds of weight and believe me prior to mesh I had no stomach I was all muscle but my gut must be pushing up on my hiatel hernia and acid reflux, 2X I sat up from a dead sleep and could not get any air and the acid was terrible. I’m just a Fat Hog now. So I will get all the ends checked out and I guess I will sit up when I finally do sleep. I to have had a lot of stuffiness in my nasal passages. I can’t breath through them at times. So what’s next. Is court in session today. No Veteran’s Day. God Bless all who have served.

    • Carly says:

      JAN, I JUST SEEN A GI DR LAST WEEK FOR A HIATEL HERNIA AND WILL GO FOR A TEST ON THE 19TH TO HAVE SOME KIND OF TUBE PUT DOWN MY THROAT. OMG, WEIGHT….I PUT ON 80 POUNDS IN THE LAST 3 YEARS BECAUSE I CAN’T DO ANYTHING….80/90% OF MY LIKE IS IN BED. SAD

  19. justme says:

    Jane I am so scared. I truly believe my life is over in so many ways. Unless you are a mesh victim, you can not begin to understand the fear, the pain, and the suffering we are going through. Is this a form of ethnic cleansing against women?

    • Jane Akre says:

      That’s a very good way of putting it…. it does appear women are expendable…. why would this experiment be conducted and continue to be conducted on women when the evidence is in? It defies logic. BTW I am not mesh injured… but have an inkling of what you are all going through…

      • Jan Urban says:

        After the Bomb Testings in the 40’s and women were experiencing radiation effects. They called it “Housewife Syndrome”. So here we are and it almost 2015 and we are not treated any better. What’s wrong with this?

        • Jane Akre says:

          Wow- Very good comparison….. do we have a problem with women as a country? as a culture?

          • Jan Urban says:

            We are now living in the 21st century. Now, ask a Mesh Survivor if they feel they are subjects of unethical human experimentation. One would think that the lessons learned from the vast array of illegal human subject research and experiments that happened in the 20th century would be long gone. But the past is still present and the medical device is mesh. Our Agencies and Medical Institutions must have forgotten this past for they certainly have forgotten the policies and regulations that followed the era of human experimentation when it comes to MESH and how to protect humans from being experimented on? For this suffering has been allowed to go on now for way too may years. The number of mesh injured do not lie. Human Experimentation in the United States is not gone and it is almost 2015 in the 21sst century..

  20. Linda Romero says:

    Jane:

    I know you are spread thin this month! Is there any information on the other trials that were scheduled at the same time? I saw that one resulted in death and want to know what happened? It is so concerning the frequency that women with mesh discuss contemplating suicide on this site. Chronic, severe and debilitating pain does this to us . If there is another reporting site of the trials, (not likely) will you let us know?

    Thanks

    • Jane Akre says:

      Hi Linda…. as far as I know no other reporters are on this story which I will never understand. I’m trying to keep up… got a cold and Im feeling run down a bit ….

  21. Mary Pat says:

    Jane, take care of yourself. Get well. My prayers are with you. Are the mesh victims or the law firms or anyone for that matter sending donations? Please, let it be known loud and clear if you are receiving what you need to continue your good work. People need to support your work! Without you, there is no mesh news! It’s as if they turned the lights out on the world without your reporting.

    • Jane Akre says:

      Hi Mary Pat- Thanks for asking… I did set up a Go Fund me and a few people generously donated….,, maybe one or two donate through Paypal every month.. .I’ve very grateful but I’m trying to make this website stand alone support itself. Currently it is not. I won’t go into my finances but let’s just say I’m scurrying to make it all work at the present time. Expect to see some advertising on the site if all goes well… I naively assumed lawyers would donate monthly, subscribe and in return, get some publicity and keep their clients informed. They want to keep their clients informed don’t they? Maybe not. I know they check in to the site. I may also do a paywall after offering a briefer summary for everyone. Of course, mesh injured would still receive the info for no $…I have to fight from getting discouraged but thank you for asking. ~ ja

      • Jan Urban says:

        Jane, I’ve been wondering……How and is it okay for us Mesh Survivors to Donate to the Mesh News Desk. It seems to me it would be like we were subscribing to any other periodical, newspaper, magazine, wouldn’t it? How often and how would opposing counsel check up on what we were reading and talking about. I would be completely lost without all that this site offers in information. Do you know the Guidelines or the Do’s and Don’t’s. Maybe one of the Hundreds of Lawyers reading on this site could give us some insight.

      • Mary Pat says:

        Hi Jane, Please don’t get discouraged! You are making history. I wish someone would do a feature article or TV expose on “Who is Jane Akre?”. It would be fascinating. The fact that you have championed our cause, and the way you courageously and honestly advocate for mesh injured people all over the world is outstanding. Your sacrifice and hard work has truly given hope to the hopeless. You have and continue to educate the mesh injured and also the world about the horrors of mesh. You have united the globe on this cause. You should get a Nobel Prize for your work and your efforts. Thanks to your reporting, we see that the tide is beginning to turn. One by one, doctors are telling the truth about mesh. You may never know how many victims you have spared. Time will tell. The office manager at my doctor’s office was slated for a hernia operation. I directed her to you site. Thanks to you, she will not get mesh! Please continue your good work!

        For all those reading this, PLEASE support Jane monetarily so she can continue her good work!

  22. Anna Cantu says:

    Seeing a neurologist tomorrow. I am going to mention my Pudendal Nerve…betcha they balk at my theory!

  23. Anna Cantu says:

    Well that was another big waste of my time and money. I begged for a shot…he wasn’t qualified to give shots…suggested nerve conduction test…I cried and cried in front of him because I thought I would get some relief of this pain! He just suggested pain management. I don’t have thousands of dollars to throw away on pain management!

    • Jan Urban says:

      Anna, I’m so sorry that you had yet another let down. Please try and calm yourself down. Being upset will only aggravate your pain. We are listening and our here for you and most of all we understand.

  24. What's mesh says:

    I definitely understand and understand your pain and grief. I am T Snell’s sister (mentioned above) and I pray for each of us. I too have broken down in front of physicians…there have been so many…and each time a new one has to be seen the anxiety consumes us because of the negativity we have already experienced. It’s not fair…but God will take care of us…

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