Plaintiffs Rest with $70 Billion Reasons Jury Should Find for Pelvic Mesh Victim

//Plaintiffs Rest with $70 Billion Reasons Jury Should Find for Pelvic Mesh Victim

Plaintiffs Rest with $70 Billion Reasons Jury Should Find for Pelvic Mesh Victim


Day 5 Carey study on posterior repair prosima prototype

Prosima pelvic mesh prototype, Marcus

MND, September 29, 2015 ~ Continuing on what would be the final day of the Plaintiff’s case in Cavness v. Ethicon (Cavness v. Kowalczyk et al., case # DC-14-04220), Dr. Michael Margolis, a California urogynecologist and mesh removal expert took the stand for the second day to continue his damaging testimony about the pelvic mesh implanted in Carol Cavness. 

Prosima was marketed by J&J’s Ethicon division in January 2010. Two years later it was quietly taken off the market but not before it was implanted in an unknown number of women to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

Dr Margolis had a dim prediction about the pain symptoms Ms. Cavness still experiences, three years after her implant in April 2012. It’s the same chronic pain thousands of other women with pelvic mesh implants feel every day.


Dr. Margolis likened it to a tennis net, pull one portion and the rest will follow.  In the pelvic area, when a mesh is implanted it will shrink and contract and pull causing a distortion. That’s what happened to her, said the urogynecologist.

It’s called a de novo prolapse because it affects an adjacent area of the vagina adversely.  Dr. Margolis insisted the Prosima mesh placed at the back of the vagina caused a prolapse, not unlike a hernia, between the vagina and rectum called an enterocele.

“I’m not the only one who believes that,” he said pointing to the literature.

Richard Freese, Freese & Goss

Richard Freese, Freese & Goss

Interestingly, the Plaintiff attorney, Richard Freese pointed to a study by the inventor of the Prosima, an Australian doctor Marcus Carey and published in October 2007. It says new prolapse in nonrepaired compartments accounted for 58 % failures in 12 months.  See it here.

The study noted, further studies are required to establish the role of the surgery described in this study.”

Dr. Marcus Carey, U of Melbourne AU

Dr. Marcus Carey, U of Melbourne AU

Did those further studies ever occur, Mr. Freese asked Dr. Margolis.  They did not, he said .

Another study from The Netherlands echoes the same finding. In “Development of de novo prolapse in untreated vaginal compartment after prolapse repair with and without mesh: a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial”,  here, published Feb. 11, 2012 in BJOG.

The authors said that mesh-augmented prolapse repair in only one vaginal compartment is associated with a higher de novo prolapse rate in the untreated compartments compared with native tissue repair.

“We strongly discourage any preventive use of mesh in unaffected compartments because the long-term effects and complications of vaginal mesh are not yet fully known” it concludes.

That study was published in February 2012, two months before Carol Cavness was implanted.  Did Ethicon warn her doctor or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration? Was it included in the IFU (Instructions for Use) that go to the treating physician?

No, they did not, said Dr. Margolis.


Ms Cavness wanted to attempt another mesh removal. She had already had two excisions by Dr. Michael Carley who thought he got all the mesh out.  Dr. Margolis said another attempt was advised. When he examined her in December 2014, he found obvious mesh erosion inside the posterior vaginal wall and dense, thick scar tissue along the entire posterior vaginal wall to the top of the vagina. That would be expected to be found in a woman who had three surgeries, he said.

But the likelihood of success was dim.

“I informed her all of the mesh cannot be removed. I told her it’s appropriate to try and get it out but I’m not a soothsayer we all know you’re never going to get it out.  I told her she’s going to have to live with pain for the rest of her life.”

Dr. Margolis likened it to being shot in the chest. When you remove the bullet, you’re not fine. “You’ve done damage and that damage is permanent,” he said referring to the continuum of inflamed tissue which causes nerve entrapment, pain, and dysfunction of the bladder and bowel.

Is this chronic pain, asked Mr. Freese.  “She meets all the criteria for chronic pain syndrome.”

Ms. Cavness is going to have to live with pain for the rest of her life, he added saying that the Life Care Plan, that forecasts a succession of medical needs in the future and admitted into evidence during yesterday’s testimony, was accurate and proper.

He added that smoking has no correlation to pelvic pain.  The Defense pointed out the Plaintiff is a smoker.   Smoking is not contraindicated in any Ethicon promotional brochure for Prosima.


Kat Gallagher, Attorney for J&J

Kat Gallagher, Attorney for J&J

The afternoon cross exam conducted by Defense attorney Kat Gallagher with Dr. Margolis was an uncomfortable exchange with her punctuating a series of questions, some with attitude, and Dr. Margolis answering with as few words as possible.

First, she wanted to know aren’t there many causes of pelvic pain? Yes there are.

Kat Gallagher:  We can agree smoking has a negative effect on the body, she asked, proceeding. “One of the things it does is to reduce vascularity, it constructs blood vessels so oxygen is not getting to the body and that can affect how a person heals.” (Ms. Cavness is a smoker.). 

She continued, “Are you aware of the literature that smoking increases the risk for mesh exposure.” No, he said. “You have a responsibility to keep up with the literature in your field don’t you,” she asked.  He agreed.

Dr. M. Tom Margolis, urogynecology

Dr. M. Tom Margolis, urogynecology

The Defense attorney talked about the FDA’s Safety Communication of 2011. Dr. Margolis answered there was also one in 2008.

She said, “We’re talking about 2011. Are you with me?”

“Proceed,” said Dr. Margolis.

Ms. Gallagher suggested some patients have a good outcome with a Prosima implant.

“That’s a possibility,” said the doctor.  

The FDA expert panel in September 2011 had concluded that mesh used to treat incontinence (SUI) was safe, she reminded Dr. Margolis.

He said, “They concluded use of the sling was safe up to one year. Some societies came out in favor of polypropylene mesh. “I can think of one where paid consultants to Ethicon they submit an opinion paper that used to represent the urogynecology society, which they do not.”

Kat Gallagher continued.  “Is it fair to say you disagree with the FDA on the use of mesh for SUI.  Let’s talk about the basis for your opinions okay? You’ve never performed any studies on mesh degradation?


You’ve never published on mesh degradation?


Gallagher: “What is GPC- gel permeation chromatography, another way to measure degradation. Are you familiar with that?

“No,” he said.  See here.

Gallagher: “My point is there is a set of people who measure degradation and that’s not something you do right?”

“Correct.”  Dr. Margolis said that was lab work and not his field as a surgeon.

Gallagher established that Dr. Margolis has never implanted a Prosima or an UltraPro, the other lighter weight mesh mentioned in this trial as a better alternative.

Gallagher: “And you wouldn’t implant it would you?

Margolis: “Not if I could avoid it.”

Changing course Kat Gallagher suddenly asked whether Dr. Margolis had any idea the total amount he’s been pain in this case.

He said he had no idea.


Kat Gallagher pointed out that it was pain that brought Ms. Cavness to the emergency room on April 21, 2012, before she ever had a Prosima pelvic floor mesh implant. She recounted that the Plaintiff had been listing an 80 lb. item and the pain was so bad she was prescribed hydrocodone.  The pain also created an immediate need to do surgery three days later, she said.

“Let the records speak for themselves” he said sternly.

Coming back, Gallagher asked if he was aware other doctors don’t agree with Dr. Margolis that more mesh is left behind.

Dr. Carley did not anticipate she will need further surgeries because he believed he got out all of the mesh.  The source of her complications he doesn’t believe are related to mesh. The pain doctor said “unknown etiology” to explain the pain.  Dr. Phillipe Zimmern, who did find more mesh on her third removal attempt, said the source of her pain has not been explained.

Dr Margolis said again, he would let the record speak for itself.

Their exchange was not productive.

“No more questions your honor,” said Kat Gallagher, closing the cross exam.


Once more the Plaintiffs wanted to establish that Cavness is disabled. Dr. Margolis described it as a “Progressive diminution,” which will take years as opposed to decades.

Ms. Gallagher asked Dr. Margolis if the mesh was in a different spot, said Mr. Freese, are you surprised?

Prolene Mesh

Prolene Mesh

“No not at all, mesh fragments and breaks off, it moves around and migrates, it erodes and moves around it changes its orientation. Once implanted it doesn’t stay the way it was when it was put in.  It breaks off and satellite lesions break off. “

“That’s all I have, your honor.” And with that the Plaintiff rested without putting the Plaintiff on the stand.


Judge Molberg told the jurors after a brief afternoon break that both sides have agreed to a stipulation between the parties, an agreement to certain facts.

As a final word, the Plaintiffs’ attorney read, the net worth of Johnson & Johnson.

“The audited net worth of  J&J based on financial statement prepared December 2014, in their Form 10-K annual report of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is $69,752,000,000.  The audited network of Ethicon as of December 2014 for internal use only is $2,912,443,000.”

In the late afternoon hours, the Defense began its case. #

By | 2015-09-30T01:28:55+00:00 September 30th, 2015|News|37 Comments

About the Author:

I’m National News Editor, Jane Akre and I began Mesh Medical Device News Desk aka Mesh News Desk (MND) in the summer of 2011 just after the Food and Drug Administration issued an explicit warning to the public that complications associated with surgical mesh used for prolapse repair (POP) and incontinence (SUI) are NOT rare! That was the starting point for the litigation you see today and thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women whose lives have been altered, some permanently, by the use of this petroleum-based product.


  1. Greg Vign September 30, 2015 at 4:25 am - Reply

    In 2015, Plaintiff attorneys need to have a better understanding of pain syndromes for mesh women and we must need a CRPS case and PN case developed since these devices paid no regard to the nerves of the pelvis. Other than that, looks like JNJ will be looking at huge loses going forward and into perpuituity.

    • Barb October 1, 2015 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      Absolutely agree Greg!! If we were only informed is the key word!! Not sure if I would prefer a court case or the wonderful AMS!!! Shame on all and FDA!! I felt so much better 2 weeks after they did my surgery July 17, 2015, my liver enzymes are way off now thyroid issues! I’m not saying my thyroid issue is caused by the mesh however my attorney firms asked me to go back to every specialist 3 and have them state all my injuries is caused from defective mesh. You have to be kidding me!! Every diagnosis has already been proven!! Since I’m waiting for my packet with 3 revisions and other issues that is lifetime I have to file another claim because the most invasive will not be included, they have all information such they were in a rush I will have to ask for more money…………lol! Sorry but I have to be humorous and I have not gotten an answer if they will again take their percentage out and when I go to my surgeon it’s already stated more surgeries in the future however not sure if they will be by December 3 2016 so I will have to file an EIF(hope that’s the right wording, basically for more money to cover future surgeries) My doctor wants to send me to a specialist to do extensive testing of my other organs to see if any damage has been done. Just so confused and the assistant paralegal still cannot tell me what category are those being put in with more then 1 device!!!

  2. Kitty September 30, 2015 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Nice reporting Jane. Thanks

  3. Tracy Alcaida September 30, 2015 at 11:24 am - Reply

    This story is sad. I am not and never have been a smoker, nor have I used illegal drugs and I am not an alcoholic. I am suffering the same way, but I am not going through another surgery for fear of more complications. Now what J&J. Shame on you and I hope and pray your family never experiences such pain and suffering.

    • Jane Akre September 30, 2015 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      Think of it from their side. They must at least spread part of the blame on the victim … in a traffic accident for example, sometimes the innocent party is where they shouldn’t have been and shares some of the blame for the accident. But this is not a traffic accident, and patients did not receive informed consent. That is VERY CLEAR from this trial. There is no doubt about that. Jurors aren’t stupid.

      • Vicki griffin October 1, 2015 at 2:43 pm - Reply

        I send a message to the address listed above and told them that everyone should boycott j&j. Everyone should do the same.

  4. guest September 30, 2015 at 11:41 am - Reply

    “We strongly discourage any preventive use of mesh in unaffected compartments because the long-term effects and complications of vaginal mesh are not yet fully known”


    Complications? Sure they were and they are known. TVM also causes diseases & sickness that cannot be fully treated, only the symptoms can be treated. Removing the mesh or, only part of it, is only treating the symptoms. The damage has been done. I compare it to “Whack a Mole.” Fix one problem another one pops up. Attempt to fix that problem, another one pops up. And these problems for women are coming back to back to back. How anyone in the medical field can not agree this is NOT normal at all for mesh victims is unbelievable.

    Why are we all here again? Please, settle the cases J&J.

    Kat Gallagher, must have missed her training on Mock Jury Trials in Civil Cases. The Jury does not like it when you are ugly to a witness from either side. Being a smart ass does not further get a point across. Be normal. Different court from Criminal.

    Smoking did not cause this woman’s guts/organs to pop out everywhere. Weak argument considering GPC- gel permeation chromatography is/was an EXPERIMENTAL design. Just the same as TV Mesh, experimental science project that failed, and real life women were used as the guinea pigs.

    “No not at all, mesh fragments and breaks off, it moves around and migrates, it erodes and moves around it changes its orientation. Once implanted it doesn’t stay the way it was when it was put in. It breaks off and satellite lesions break off. “

    That paragraph right there is what doctors, and others, who are in the medical field do not understand. Women are sick from all of these different, unexplained issues, and when they tell every doctor, every nurse, and anyone who will listen they had mesh surgery, the first thing every single one of them says is ” It is not related.” But, that is not true. It is related and the diseases it is causing is rapidly increasing every day. They have not been trained on the adverse effects of TVM.

    According to the court testimony, neither has J&J.


    Thank you for the coverage Jane. Thank you so much.

    Sending prayers to all involved for helping mesh victims.

    • Jane Akre September 30, 2015 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      You are welcome… I hope it helps. We will see very soon how j&J reacts.

  5. Tina g September 30, 2015 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Thanks Jane for all that you do ! Good luck to plaintiff !

  6. Dawn September 30, 2015 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Love, love, love that the TRUTH is being heard in the courtroom !

    Mesh is destroying us more as each day passes. Even if you have had the mesh fully removed, it’s too late. The bodies immune system has been compromised. Our cells have been poisoned by ️”the polypropylene “.

    The medical community needs to get on board and start recognizing that mesh effects the WHOLE BODY .

  7. karen September 30, 2015 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Thank you jane for all the information you provide to us .

    I just wanted to let everyone know vaginal mesh was talked about at the hearing of plan parent congressional hearing. They called out Johnson and Johnson and Mr . Alex Gorsey and his $ commission check to himself. Thank you God !!

    • Jane Akre September 30, 2015 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Tell us more, if you know.

    • Bejah Blue October 1, 2015 at 4:12 am - Reply

      Karen, This is very important. Thank you so much for posting it. Do you have any links to share with us? Bless you. I guess we can go to Congress website and find a record of this COMM mtg. Bravo Karen.

      BTW….does anyone else feel like its getting a little hot in the kitchen?


  8. kitty September 30, 2015 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    They are all in bed together—I. Knew it

  9. anon September 30, 2015 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    This brand new article, posted as of today’s date, will infuriate and upset you if you are a mesh patient. Proceed with caution on your emotions.–johnson-joins-the-national-society-of-hispanic-mbas-at-its-2015-nshmba-conference–career-expo-to-speak-about-leadership-300151328.html?$G1Ref


    Alex Gorsky, CEO of Johnson & Johnson, Joins the National Society of Hispanic MBAs at its 2015 NSHMBA Conference & Career Expo to Speak about Leadership

    IRVING, Texas, Sept. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, sponsor of the Friday Lunch at the 2015 National Society of Hispanic MBA’s (NSHMBA) Conference & Career Expo in Chicago, has confirmed Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson CEO, as their lead speaker on Friday, October 9th at 12pm.

    A longtime advocate of diversity and inclusion, Alex has been named one of the “100 Most Inspiring Leaders” by Pharma Voice, and he was recently nominated by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 most influential people in healthcare.

    “Alex Gorsky is a man of great character and integrity, an influential business leader, and longtime advocate of diversity and inclusion,” said NSHMBA National Board of Director Anthony López. “We look forward to hearing Alex share his thoughts about “Honorable Leadership” at the 2015 NSHMBA Conference & Career Expo. I believe his message will motivate and inspire our attendees to lead with purpose and practice the principles of honorable leadership that will enable them to achieve greatness in their personal leadership journey.”

    Alex began his Johnson & Johnson career as a sales representative in 1988 and advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing, and management. He is a member of the Board of Directors of IBM, the Congressional Medal of Honor Board of Directors and was recently elected as a member of the Board of the National Academy Foundation.

    “We are delighted to have Alex join us this year in Chicago, and I look forward to facilitating our “Town-Hall” Format discussion with him,” said López. “Now in its 27th year, the NSHMBA Conference & Career Expo gathers over one hundred Fortune 500 companies to network, interview, and educate their members and attendees. Alex Gorsky’s keynote address is a much-anticipated message, among many, that we look forward to hearing at this year’s conference.”

    More information about the 2015 NSHMBA Conference & Career Expo in Chicago – including how to register for this event – can be found at For more information on sponsoring or exhibiting contact Corporate Relations at

    About the 2015 NSHMBA Conference & Career Expo

    The NSHMBA Conference and Career Expo is a 3-day event that brings thousands of recruiters and hiring managers from Fortune 500 companies together for the purpose of building and fortifying connections within the Hispanic community through a variety of recruiting opportunities. This year we are excited to be sponsored by Nationwide, the Lincoln Motor Company, Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) and GMAC. MBA students, graduates and professionals will be able to explore top-choice job opportunities and can even get hired on the spot. Attendees will also be able to benefit from professional development, on-site career management services, and many networking events. For more information on the 2015 NSHMBA Conference & Career Expo, visit

    About the National Society of Hispanic MBAs

    National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA): formed in 1988, as a non-profit organization aiming to empower Hispanics to achieve their fullest educational, social, and earning potential. NSHMBA serves the Hispanic community and its constituents through a national network of 40 chapters and hundreds of community partners across the United States and Puerto Rico covering 100 percent of the Hispanic community. NSHMBA is dedicated to building and advancing Hispanic leadership, advocating the pursuit of higher education and providing its members with world-class professional development and career management programs. For more information on NSHMBA, visit

    Connect with NSHMBA National on Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn.

    About Johnson & Johnson

    Caring for the world, one person at a time… inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. They embrace research and science – bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well being of people. Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world. Their Family of Companies comprises the world’s premier consumer health company, the world’s largest and most diverse medical devices and Diagnostics Company, the world’s third-largest biologic company, and the world’s sixth-largest pharmaceuticals company. They have more than 250 operating companies in 57 countries employing 120,200 people with their worldwide headquarters located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.

    SOURCE National Society of Hispanic MBAs


    • Jane Akre September 30, 2015 at 11:22 pm - Reply

      Any hispanic survivors of mesh? men and women??

  10. Pam October 1, 2015 at 1:19 am - Reply

    Is J & J not planning to call any witnesses on their behalf or is there no coverage stories? Seems like all is in the plaintiff favor even with that cross examination! I’m actually starting to believe that them NOT settling is u covering more & more truths as we have each trial & giving not only the medical community a substantial amount of documentation about the dangers of MESH, but giving us Victims a lot of answers to many questions were plagued with!

    With that being said the longer they carry this out & more & trials uncovering their dirty lies that should truly weigh in on the settlement amounts in the future. I’m sure they NEVER foreseen this happening to their GOLDEN LINED STANDARD SIZED POCKETS, & soon becoming full of worthless rocks!!!

    Patience is virtue in this process, & it’s surely going to be in favor of is VICTIMS in due Time!!

    • Jane Akre October 1, 2015 at 9:04 am - Reply

      Im peddling as fast as I can… unfortunately life gets in the way…. more ahead.

  11. Bejah Blue October 1, 2015 at 4:13 am - Reply

    So Mr. Gorsky is a good Catholic boy?


  12. toni October 1, 2015 at 10:36 am - Reply

    She has such a good case against JNJ I Pray she does not settle for her sake and all of us suffering.This needs to be of record the evidence is damming and continues to come in showing the corrupsion within the company.

  13. PLC October 1, 2015 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Wouldn’t it be great if we could get on the front cover of a womsns magazine

    J&J hurts women

    • Vicki griffin October 1, 2015 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      Send a message to the address listed above. Boycott j&j. Boycott all the manufacture. Boycott . Boycott. Boycott

  14. K October 1, 2015 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Jane! We appreciate the time you volunteer to all of this! I know the majority of the attorney’s send their clients to your website for updates and information but very few want to support financially. Just know your efforts do not go unnoticed.

    • Jane Akre October 1, 2015 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      Thanks K. Much appreciated!

  15. anon October 1, 2015 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    “Wouldn’t it be great if we could get on the front cover of a womsns magazine

    J&J hurts women”

    Yea, like Times Magazine

    • Bejah Blue October 5, 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Anon, Many years ago I lived in NYC and worked at Time, Inc. I can tell you it will be a cold day in HELL before our issue is selected for a cover story or mention even in the back pages.


      • Jane Akre October 5, 2015 at 12:43 pm - Reply

        Bejah, tell us more. What did you do there? And why do you say it will be a cold day in hell…(I agree) just curious. thank you

  16. denise schrader October 1, 2015 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Sorry to tell ya Kat Galligar…..j&j isnt only responsible for transvaginal mesh but ANY MESH THAT WAS PUT IN A HUMAN BODY…… all mesh is dangerous and they owe us for not telling us!

    • Bejah Blue October 2, 2015 at 11:58 pm - Reply

      Thank you Denise,

      I am trying to learn as much as possible about how many women there are who were not implanted vaginally or only vaginally who are suffering the same symptoms as those implanted transvaginally. I say again that it is the material that is the core problem, not the method of implant. We know the additional and very serious damage caused by transvaginal implant, facts that make such implant criminal IMHO, however there are also be thousands of women who have been implanted abominably with the same polypropylene mesh and who are also experiencing very serious urogenital and other problems, including nerve damage because of it. These women are being ignored by the legal system and betrayed by the FDA. It is my humble opinion that the defense elected to deliberately try to limit its potential exposure by establishing a narrow definition of “harm” with the assistance of the FDA and that is why the FDA Devices Section mysteriously and suddenly “refused” to classify polypropylene as a CAT III device. I believe this will be exposed in time, but perhaps not in time to help the thousands more who are wounded. I implore anyone with the qualifications, heart and funding to do so, to search out this probability, however daunting the uphill climb may seem at this juncture. We are all dying little deaths every day that this drags out and the fact that all of those responsible will be called to atone for what they have done is little comfort for us now.


  17. toni October 1, 2015 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    How can JNJ not be exposed for this criminal activity. Are women less important than emmisions on a VW . Why is this being covered up. This is huge along with other activities all for profit. they got them for rispitol why not women? The government needs to step up for all thier people and stop these criminals.

  18. karen October 1, 2015 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    That would explain why Alex Godsky has a 25 Million Dollar bonus , too make sure they bribe organizations . Just a simple cover up so Alex Gorsky want go down as one of millions of men that continues to run a carnival corporation like Johnson and Johnson. You know the devil will come looking for this demon Alex Gorsky .What goes around comes around . Rats surely know how to run . Go Alex Gorsky go !!!!

  19. K October 2, 2015 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Kat, God is watching!!

  20. karen October 2, 2015 at 3:29 am - Reply

    Im so sorry ladies .

    I was having my weekly meeting with my family and friends for moral support due to my conditions. The info is

  21. Barb October 3, 2015 at 12:20 am - Reply

    My hope is that Dr. V will sue and fight all manufacturer’s we need all to be brought down and suffer at least financially like we all have!!! It was in my news feed that all baby products including a bath tub contained cancer causing ingredients!! What’s next and why in the heck are they still allowed to even put any product on the market??? Does Judge Goodwin really understand? I have told everyone I know do not use any products made by JNJ! I have been very persistent in trying to speak with any of my attorney’s from both firms…………….I’m being very pushy and demanding this whole time I have been speaking to an assistant paralegal! When they still can’t get me the answeres all they tell me is every injury has to be stated from your doctor that it is mesh related I am not going back to every specialist to have that stated everything I have been diagnosed with has already been proven for sever injuries!! My next step is to write to Judge Goodwin about what he stated to these monster manufacturer’s AMS has 1,6 billion to settle most cases, stop being so greedy, help us all !! I will still need surgery for my SUI, rectocele/cystocele prolapse which is not even stated in my records until 2012 and I just want both defective devices OUT!!! My osteopath is trying his best working on my pelvic region to see if that gives any relief he will continue to do injections and blocks. He will be doing blood work once a month, he wanted me to be referred to a specialist toxicologist to have each organ checked for any chemical medicare won’t cover! Concerned with my liver enzymes, never ever had a thyroid issue not sure if related and still have septis!! We all in Category 4 and what ever tier of injuries the most injured I would be happy with $500 000 after all percentages!!! I’m and other’s who have AMS will have to have other surgeries in the future, does anyone know if they will base the extra money for future surgeries already based on what medicare/medicaid has paid>>and my new surgeon has stated that I will never be 100%. They have done every test imaginable to rule out cancer, tumors or any other abnormalalties so its it in fact caused by this mesh………………..

  22. Teresa Brown December 1, 2015 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    I am 54 years old and had my surgery September 2007. I had infections from the start and pain. My Dr. Told me it takes time!

    I can tell you what that time has meant for me. I lost my insurance in December that year.

    I was in so much pain I stayed in bed for months at a time. I couldn’t stand nor set. I couldn’t work so depression set in.

    I was useless. I was common law married and that ended because sex was to painful and I haven’t tried or had sex sense 2008. I was 46 years old in the prime of life. They took my life away. I missed Holidays with family because the pain was so bad. Let me describe my pain. It feels like I am being raped with a football!!! The pain shoots through me and I fall to my knees as tears shoot from my eyes. Other times it feels like I am giving birth to a 50 lbs babies that is never going to come out. Doctors for the longest would not prescribe pain pills because they thought I was an addict trying to get pills.

    No one but my mother believed me. I wanted to die and would beg God to take me! I love life or I did before this.

    I can’t excercise because any pressure of any kind is more than I can bare.

    No amount of money can fix what they’ve done to me or my son. He takes care of me and no 25 year old son should have to take care of a 54 year old mother.

    I have lost my Musales.

    I will live in pain meds. The rest of my life and they don’t stop it. They help make it bearable and still I have break through pain.

    I look 20 years older than I should.

    Will never have a partner i.e. Husband who wants a women that can’t and never will be able to have sex.

    So weak I feel 90 and house cleaning is not an option.

    Conctapation not just because of pain meds but can’t strain.

    Feeling worthless. Helpless

    They took my life away and left me to suffer and now they want to fight paying me and all the others they did this to for the money!

    A women attorney standing there trying to defend them. Makes me sick! 1 week of my life and she would be on the other side.

    I just wonder if she had a prolaps today. Would she let the Dr. Use the mesh??? I’m sure she would not.

    My life is not worth living like this. But by the Grace of God I go on. I don’t want a big house, expensive car. I want insurance to pay for my medical bills. I can’t afford the affordable care insurance. I have no job and I’m living off what my mother left me and that’s about to be gone. I would love to be able to work and live pain free one more day.

  23. Hayley Annand December 21, 2015 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Awesome post. Some really good points in there. Cheers, have a great day

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