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Suffering in Silence: Thousands of Canadian Women and Cherie Storozinski

Cherie Storozinski

Cherie Storozinski

May 3, 2013~  “My name is Cherie Storozinski. I am 50 years old and live in Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada. I am a victim of transvagnial mesh.”

That’s how Cherie started her email to MDND.

Cherie, 50, had a wonderful life in rural Manitoba, Canada. She and her husband, Curt, live on 20 acres and run a micro-farm, nine miles outside of the small town with a population of 8,000.

She and her friends – the Crazy Cat Ladies Rural Rescue and Resource – started a cat rescue and spay program for feral barn cats. She has two large dogs and six cats, free-range chickens and she grows and cans food she and her husband eat. Of her three adult children, two work in Alberta and a third is studying mechanical engineering at the University of Manitoba. She worked as a licensed real estate agent/office administrator but works now as a part-time manager at a fitness center.

Cherie and bagpipes

Cherie and bagpipes

Cherie began playing the bagpipes about 10 years ago. She hasn’t played the bagpipes in years, ever since her surgical mesh and uterine ablation procedures.

Cherie Storozinski’s story began in January 2010. After years of having issues with heavy periods she was referred to a gynecologist in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

She didn’t have pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI), other than when she laughed or played the bagpipes too hard, but the doctor thought her heavy periods could be treated with a uterine ablation. In that procedure the uterine wall is burned to stop or slows excessive menstrual bleeding.

During a September 2010 doctor’s appointment her surgeon suggested she might also be a candidate for a synthetic tape to treat her incontinence and he’d perform a test.

The sling, she was told, was a “piece of tape” that would lift up the urethra.

The Johnson & Johnson brochure says the Gynecare TVT Obturator System is a blue polypropylene Prolene mesh strip packaged with trocars (steel guides) to hold up the urethra, but Cherie says she never saw a brochure or any printed material.

TCherie tvt o from website 300he uterine ablation procedure was done in November 2010. Five months later in April 2011, with an IV delivering anesthesia, Cherie was on the table for the incontinence test.

“They tell you to fill the bladder with water then say you have to tell me when you can’t hold it anymore. I started leaking and told him I couldn’t hold it anymore then he makes you cough.”

The test showed she qualified and before she knew it, the anesthesia kicked in and the Saskatchewan gynecologist began implanting the synthetic mesh.

She observed there were at least four or five women prepped for surgery. She says he was “churning them out,” that day from the Saskatchewan operating room.  Following her 20 minute procedure, she and her husband drove three hours to their home so she could recover.Health Canada 200 wide

At this time, Cherie was unaware that Health Canada, Canada’s version of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), had issued a Notice to Hospitals on February 4, 2010. It encouraged that patients be informed before surgery of all adverse events including the “possible need for additional surgical procedures that may not always fully correct some potential complications.”

Cherie found the Health Canada warning after her surgery and says she was not told about the warning.

Afterward, when she woke and asked about the pain in her groin area Cherie was told it was due to the way her legs were in the stirrups during surgery.

“They said they didn’t put needles through. I even looked when I got home. I did not believe them, it was a 12-minute surgery. No way should my groin hurt like that.”

Other than the leg pain she had no problems until February 2012.

Cheri and family

Cheri and family

“I started to experience discomfort and pain. I had cramping and a backache or a little leak here or there. I thought it was the bladder sling and called the doctor’s office in Yorkton only to be told I needed another referral.”

Her doctor treated her for a vaginal infection but the pain on the left side continued. She describes it as a burning or pinch and stabbing pain to the groin area.   Cherie thought it was the mesh but her family doctor thought she had post-uterine ablation syndrome. Later the same doctor would tell her she never had a patient with complications from mesh.

An April 2012 ultrasound confirmed a cyst on the left ovary and fluid in the cervix, a symptom of a complication of post-uterine ablation syndrome. 

The radiologist said that procedure should not be causing her pain but because of the symptoms she was scheduled for a complete hysterectomy in September 2012.  Until then she still had the pain to deal with. Cherie’s husband had to take her to the emergency room in June for a pain shot.

Meanwhile the urinary leakage continued and Cherie suspected the sling was no longer working. First things first and the hysterectomy was performed removing her uterus.

“But in December I didn’t feel well one weekend. I stood up and I actually felt something move in my lower abdomen.  A few days later my husband and I tried to have intercourse. I felt a lot of pain. I told my doctor I felt something moved and that there was pain. She told me things move after surgery and treated me for a bladder infection which turned out to be negative.”

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The Rural Life

Knowing something was not right Cherie began a series of medical appointments. First she was treated for a bladder infection in January. In February she received a confirmation that the mesh had eroded through the vaginal wall and was now partially sticking out.

Each appointment represented a major hassle. The Storozinski’s rural home is at least two hours away from each doctors appointment. When Cherie began having pain she was asked to quit her job as a licensed real estate office administrator because, as she says she was told, “You don’t look happy and that’s now the image we want to portray here.”

This past February, Cherie drove another two hours to see a different urologist who did a cystoscopy and found there were no perforations in the bladder. He thought he could remove the TVT sling in his office and seemed surprised when she said ‘No’ because even the exam hurt too much, so much that she says she felt nauseous from the pain.

Under the Canadian system of healthcare, she was told it could be a six-month wait to have her surgeon/urologist remove the TVT sling. But she didn’t want to return to the same doctor who could only promise a partial mesh removal.

I told my husband I don’t want to go back to him but he’s my only choice.”

“So then I started my journey of research. I sat for hours on the internet looking for information and doctors to help me with this issue. That is also how I discovered Canadian doctors will not remove all the mesh, just the piece that is bothering you the most. Canadian doctors also do not tell women should be going to the USA for total removal.”

April 30th in Manitoba

April 30th in Manitoba

 

Media Coverage and Government Response

Early in 2013, Cherie saw a story in the Winnipeg Free Press about another woman plagued with complications following a mesh implant. See the story here.cherie s christine asprey winnnpeg free press 300

 

 

Christine Asprey is a mother of four children who is part of a vocal band trying to raise awareness and funds to travel to Los Angeles for mesh removal from UCLA and the urology group headed by Dr. Shlomo Raz who appears to be having the most success globally with a full mesh removal. Using an imaging device, called a translabial ultrasound, Dr. Raz and his team can see the mesh before a removal which is thought to offer a surgeon the best chance to retrieve all of the polypropylene in what is otherwise essentially a blind procedure.

But it’s not cheap. The average cost is $30,000 and generally more than one visit to Los Angeles is required. Many times there is follow up reconstructive surgery needed.

One doctor from British Columbia told MDND that the same procedure in Canada only costs $500 but his province is not set up to take care of complications, just routine care.cherie s cbc news on skatchewan women want change 300

Convinced there are no options in Canada, except partial removals, Stephanie Brad, Marika English and Ruth Olsen, three mesh-injured women from Saskatchewan, called the media as they appeared before their Minister of Health to say there are no Canadian doctors willing to do complete mesh removals. Partial removals had left many women in worse shape. See back story here.

The women were lobbying the provincial government to cover the estimated cost of travel to and from Los Angeles to have a mesh removal surgery not available in Canada.

Cheri's husband walks the dogs

Cheri’s husband walks the dogs

In response, the president of the Canadian Society of Pelvic Medicine sent Cherie a link to the Canadian “List” of doctors who can help with mesh complications. See the list here.

To us, the injured patients, “seem to be able” is not good enough. Before trusting any surgeon again, we insist on evidence that the said specialists are able to do the procedure safely, without causing further damage,” was the response from the women.

 “The list of doctors, I think it’s a knee jerk reaction to make themselves look good,” Cherie says acknowledging there were three women in Manitoba who had their mesh partially removed. “All three live in constant pain, all three of them.”

The women respond they are unwilling to risk further injury without proven successful outcomes.

To go outside of a province for medical services the patient has to have a recommendation from a specialist confirming the necessary medical service is not available there.

Media Coverage

In February, CTV- Television in Toronto did a follow-up to their successful series reporting on Canadian women demanding some answers from their government. (here)

“This whole thing is beyond frustrating. I feel so cheated by our medical profession and by our government. They allowed these meshed to be put in but will not send us to the professionals to remove the mesh and correct the damage the mesh has done. I ask myself why? Why because they would have to admit they are not capable, because they all have used that mesh and benefited from it? The fact that the mesh used in me was pulled off the market seems to make no difference. Sad. free medical is not what some people think. “

Under the Canadian health system, in order to obtain a referral out of the country you first must prove your exhausted all resources domestically. Cherie sought out and found a specialist, a urogynecologist in Manitoba, had a urodynamics test and he too offered a partial removal, but by now she’d been told that could allow pieces of mesh to migrate in her body. There was a risk of permanent nerve damage.

Sensing there was no trust between them, the doctor gave her what she had requested – a referral out of the country. She has a mesh removal surgery planned with a doctor in St. Louis who says he has been doing full mesh removal surgeries since 1996.

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Cheri’s patio

Meanwhile the pain in her groin has gotten worse and she’s been back and forth to the hospital clinic for a heavy dose of antibiotics (2,500mg/day) to treat an infection at the site where the mesh has eroded into her vagina. There she received 2,500 mg of antibiotics a day.

Cherie’s referral may have opened to door to other women in Manitoba to be referred outside of Canada to surgery.  But if she doesn’t get funded Cherie says she has no choice but to go anyway.

“My favourite place is my patio. I have a large pond with a waterfall. In the summer, weather permitting, I have my morning coffee on my patio. It is so peaceful, the birds land on the waterfall for a drink, you hear the other birds singing and the morning sun warms you up. I only hope that I can get this mesh out of me to fix up the flower beds around my patio. Last summer it was too painful to bend over and weed.”

Her law firm, Siskinds in Ontario (here) is currently representing about 1,000 mesh-injured women and their families.

Learn More:

CTV- Multimillion Dollar Lawsuit Filed Over Transvaginal Mesh, April 2012

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20120417/transvaginal-mesh-women-lawsuit-incontinence-120417/

Health Canada warning, February 4, 2010

http://hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/advisories-avis/prof/_2010/surgical-mesh_nth-aah-eng.php

“Health Canada is concerned about Canadian and international reports of various intraoperative and postoperative complications associated with the use of these medical devices.”

Canadian News Wire on Transvaginal Mesh Class Action, April 17, 2012

http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/956349/transvaginal-mesh-class-action-commenced-in-canada

Mesh Medical Device News Desk – CTV Canadian Transvaginal Mesh Class Action Lawsuit, April 2012

http://meshmedicaldevicenewsdesk.com/latest-in-the-litigation-concerning-mesh-and-medical-devices/ctv-canadian-transvaginal-mesh-class-action-lawsuit/

Facebook Canadian Victims of Transvaginal Mesh

https://www.facebook.com/tvmcanada

MDND- Canadian Women Seek Transvaginal Mesh Removal Help in the US

http://meshmedicaldevicenewsdesk.com/media-reports/canadian-women-seek-transvaginal-mesh-removal-help-in-the-u-s/

30 Comments

  1. terri white says:

    GOD,please have mercy,and help all of us who are victims of mesh.

  2. bettybellagio says:

    Cherie,

    Your story sounds so much like mine. I miss gardening, I don’t know if I’ll get it back. I had a partial mesh removal before we found out from other women that this is NOT a good idea. It did migrate in me and no Dr. can tell me different. How I ask does it come out through the vagina if it doesn’t migrate? You are right to go to a Dr. who will get it all out. I haven’t heard about the Dr. in MO, I’d like to learn more about him. Keep up the fight.

  3. Nonie Wideman says:

    The doors to the U. S. need to be opened by provincial health authorities for Canadian women to get mesh removed by experts…. Canadian women that have consented to partial mesh removals by Canadian doctors have had their symptoms worsen, pain exacerbated to the point where morphine induced oblivion is the only thing that gives relief .One woman who had a partial removal done by one of Canada’s experts? has been hospitalized several times for infections, pain management and suicide contemplation. Canadian doctors need an ass whooping of monumental proportions… their inflated egos are going to cost women their lives and livelihoods, and quality of life . Shame on Canada’s health authorities for not listening to women with complicated mesh injuries and advocating for a better standard of care for Canadian women amongst the Canadian medical community…. In Canada we are apparently living in a dark age when it comes to the difficult removal of transvaginal mesh…. the longer we are ignored the angrier we are getting , especially as each woman realizes she is not a rare complication patient!! We are doing doctors’s and Health authorities homework and research out of necessity ! We are not stupid, not blind, and we do read the same materials doctors have access to… you really do not need to be a rocket scientist to figure out that many unhappy , unsatisfied, women with botched partial mesh removals are not going to communicate with each other and warn each other !! and yes damn it ! we will ask questions and challenge doctors after what has happened to us! We have a right to ask for skilled expertise when the experts in Canada are rarer than hens’ teeth and behind in technological advantages and training to diagnose and map failed medical implants!!! My God how militant do we have to get ? What do we have to do? Broken arms and legs and amputations are highly visible and would gain media coverage, and public pressure……do we have to expose our most private parts and endure more humilation in order to change an unacceptable apathy to our injuries and illness? This is Canada! Why do we feel like we have to beg, grovel and lose our dignity in order to have safe medical treatment? This is not Iraq or Afghanistan where the equality of women is not recognized ! This is Canada where we contribute to outer space programs, send money to other countries to help women and yet when Canadian women need help we are pointedly ignored , disbelieved and our research questioned and put aside while authorities do next to nothing while women’s mesh complications become irreversible and life threatening…. one day I may need bail money, for my patience for this slow moving system is getting stretched to the breaking point.

  4. Nonie Wideman says:

    noticed an oops after my rant…. should read many women…are going to communicate!!!!

  5. Cherie Storozinski says:

    Nonie, my sentiment exactly.

    I feel for the women who have struggled and fought with their doctors and health authorities. The “pat on the head” and “we know what’s best for you” attitude is belittling.

    From my side of the fence, I have been fortunate to have a caring family doctor and yes at this point I can say a caring Ministry of Health. I have written a few letters and sent numerous pages of research to back my claim that I require out of country surgery.

    I believe I live in a province open to what us women have to say. I do not believe I will be let down by them. I am being patient because these things take time. I just hope my health holds up while waiting.

    The so called experts/specialists like to quote articles stating their opinion on the mesh and mesh complications. But we all know there are two sides to every story.

    Has any province ok’d a surgery out of country due to mesh complications?

    I am in the process of booking my surgery in St. Louis.

    When I find out what my province intends to do I will make sure all of you know.

  6. I had mesh removal 20 February 2013 and have been diagnosed with a rare infection called ACIDOVORANS has anyone else got any information to share about this infection.

  7. Kathy says:

    Even if they open the door for Canadians to come to the USA for surgery you must be very rich to self pay for help. I have insurance that will not let me go to UCLA and want me to go for only partial removal. The entire process of getting the appropriate help is so difficult that It alone has made my mesh nightmare so much more painful.

    As the mesh erodes into my vagina and my groin pain has made walking and living painful, the crazy insurance, doctor game is an added nightmare.

  8. Ruth says:

    Jane, your coverage of what’s going on with this issue in Canada is fabulous. Thank you! Yes, there really are thousands of us in Canada whose problems are being dismissed and ignored.

    I’d like to call people’s attention to the website we’ve created http://transvaginalmesh.ca/ and ask them to sign the petition there.

  9. linda says:

    I have personally met three Canadian women while I was out at UCLA for my own consults and surgeries. Two Marika and Ruth have had removal there and their lives have improved so much. I send them new ladies who contact me through my blog because they always help them. I met Christine Asprey this last time and like everyone else she told me her story of suffering. Your story Cherie is that of thousands of women and I applaud you for speaking out. It is not easy to do but it will help get the word out and save other women this agony. I had two Canadian women contact me in the past week. I sent them to the these ladies because their doctors were going to put mesh into them. They have been reading and are afraid. If anyone knows of doctors in Canada who will help women without the use of mesh I hope they will contact both me and the other women who are fighting for change.

  10. Cherie Storozinski says:

    There are a few doctors in Canada that do NOT like mesh. One gynecologist told someone I know that mesh has too many complications and recommends a pessary.

    Anyone wanting to contact me is fine. I like you do not want to see any more women suffer because it is easier and more profit.

    I suggest to any woman experiencing urinary incontinence to speak to their doctor about the options available. I was not told there were options. It is not right that women are not told there are choices out there.

    Keep up the good work Linda, Jane, Stephanie, Theresa, Christine, Nonie and anyone else I have missed.

  11. Cherie Storozinski says:

    I just thought I would put this out there, the Canadian doctor said removal would cost $500. I paid $200.00 to have my 5 pound cat spayed, how can he come up with that $500 figure?

  12. Cherie Storozinski says:

    Just an update. I have been 100% mesh free since June 7, 2013. I feel fantastic!

  13. debcny says:

    Hi Cherie,

    Thank you for sharing your story. I’m not from Canada, but still could relate to so much (my story is here in the patient profiles). If you don’t mind, I would like to share this on my FB page too(www.facebook.com/MeshMeNot)… Just trying to get the word out to everyone. There are many in the US that still can’t get referrals to out of network doctors for mesh removal, or just don’t have insurance, but , I truly feel for the out of country folks. It is all such a mess, and so NOT right.

    I’m so glad you are now Mesh-Free! I hope your recovery is going very well!! =)

    Deb

  14. Bejah says:

    Cheri, I just read your story. I am so happy for you. I was so upset when I started reading. The “doctor” who did that to you should be marked with medical malpractice! BTW I have friends that live near Saskatoon…they come down to play polo with their horses every October (I used to board at the Polo Club here). I also know a lovely couple that had a small farm outside of the city, he was a vet and they had Dutch Warmblood horses like mine (I can’t ride now, guess why!). They have since retired and moved into town but loved living there. It is very beautiful, love your garden and that snow…wow! Looks like you have a German Shepherd but I can’t see the other dog well enough…I have two Anatolian Kangels and an elderly Great Dane and they are such a comfort to me. When I am feeling really badly they seem to stay especially close.

    Although I am overjoyed that you are well now I still feel that the doctor(s) responsible for doing this to you must be called to account for it for your sake and the sake of others. Clearly women have a long way to go before we truly see equal rights in the world. Never forget that.

    • Cherie Storozinski says:

      Thank you very much. It appears that in Canada no one is being held accountable. But life goes on. I just wish they would inform their patients more. That would be a start.

  15. My name is Louise & this is my story.I had something put in me for Urinary Incontinence In French it’s called ( Languettes). I think in English it’s a Sling.Soon after the surgery I developed Stool Incontinence.I went back to the surgeon and I told him my urinary incontinence is worst He said it’s impossible & he ordered a ultra sound and told me the languette was properly installed.Then I told him that ever since the surgery I developed Stool Incontinence.Do you want to know what he told me? He told me that “It’s not his domain” .He prescribed pills but to no avail.My family DR. sent me to have all the tests possible for my stool incontinence.Guess what? They were all normal.I have some urinary infections & I feel a big pressure down there,sometimes.So I’m gonna have to live with urinary & stool incontinence for the rest of my life..What a life!!! When I go somewhere I have to sit near bathrooms or if they are too far I don’t take any chance so I stay home.I’m a 62 yr.old widow & for me I don’t want to wear diapers.I think I’m too young, but one day I won’t have any choice.I put pads every day, instead.I heard that women out there also have sex problems.I have been a widow for 11 yrs. now & I had my surgery after his death so I’m pretty sure I do have a sex problem like them.Sometimes I feel depressed and I wish I could die.That’s not a way to live.Please Help me & all the woman out there.Hoping to hear from you, soon.

    • Cherie Storozinski says:

      Thanks you all for your well wishes and encouragement.

      Louise where do you live? You can email me personally if you wish.

  16. Lori Fraser says:

    My name is Lori Fraser from Minto Manitoba and had the mesh operation in April of 2008. Life has changed forever. I spent the first years trying to find out what went wrong and being told it couldn’t be the mesh because they have never had any problems with it and I was the only one. I found relief and compassion with Kelli Berzuk after 10 sessions, she is a physiotherapist who works internally. By loosening the scar tissue surrounding the mesh and incision in the vagina, I got some relief. She works at Nova Physiotherapy Medical Arts Building in Winnipeg. I also found a pain medication slow release ,Tramadol at 300mg. This takes the edge off the pain. In 2011 I was able to go to Australia where my daughter works, she is in a clinic there that works on this problem also, the physiotherapist worked also internally and also a osteopath who was able to move internal organs around that gave relief . In all I spent 6 weeks there, completely focusing on getting better, what a gift. There seems so much trauma that happens to the area, a lot of it was settling the pelvic muscles down. I’m far from being pain free and do not work outside the home, but I am mobile and have limits.I still go to regular physio in Boissevain once a week to keep muscles in a more relaxed state. Hope this helps!

  17. Sherri says:

    Hi Cherie,

    Your story brought tears to my eyes. It remonds me so much of my own story. This is my HELL. No relief from pain EVER! It just never stops. I wish you all the best in your recovery. I personally have had my full mesh removed and it did not take care of my pain. I hope that it is different for you.

  18. Dean says:

    My wife has been suffering with having the demon mesh for four years now from day one she had nothing but problems and ex stream pain and was rushed back to the Emergency here in Winnipeg she went to see Drs they at first told her it was in her head and it can’t be from the mesh she insisted that someone would listen.It wasn’t until I got so upset with the Drs as being her husband I wrote to Manitoba Health said what was happening and some of these Drs comments which by the way where some what degrading sound familiar ladies.It seemed after that they started to listen as the Urologist she was seeing agreed to do a partial removal but the funny thing was is that this Dr said to my wife he knew of that know Dr in the world who could remove the mesh properly.My wife had the Mesh put in 2010 Not Knowing This Would Be Her Worst Decision Of Her Life As The Drs Or Dr Who Put The Mesh In Didn’t Say Nothing That There Could Be Any Effects Or Rejection Of The Mesh In Some People.So in 2012 enduring so much pain for two years already she had a partial removal this took away the pressure and that was it the pain was still there so going back to this Dr insisting that something was still really wrong he said to my wife he does know of a Dr in UCLA and he won’t or can’t do anymore surgery as it was to dangerous to do so.Why didn’t he tell my wife he knew some one right from the start that being said we looked up the good Dr Raz our selves.so her dr made an appointment with Dr. Raz he didn’t even want a consultation he wanted my wife there for surgery we went June 2 2014 surgery was on the fifth Dr Raz took the remaining mesh out of my wife told us she was lucky she came when she did as the MESH was cutting into my wife’s Urethra it was just a matter of time before it cut through.On top of all of this through the years my wife worked until she couldn’t no more and that was a few weeks before we or she went for surgery ion UCLA filed for sick benefits E I got paid just before we went then she got blocked meaning they held payment if it wasn’t for calling Manitoba Health to help and call them it would have been

    Several more weeks for my wife to wait to get paid.Who needs this really we gave so much information to E I before we left and they said it would be fine I ended up sending the operative report to them so she could get paid talk about invasion of privacy my wife has a long road ahead of her to heal to all husbands out there with your wife having to endure all of this Fight For Her They Deserve More. Dean

  19. Dean says:

    I would also like to add my wife has been taken high doses of medication through the years it got to the point where my wife is taking 60 mgs of morphine three times a day now.After surgery for now it’s even more different kinds of high dose medication for her pain she is taking how can one function properly taking all these meds.Its scary watching the one you love go through all of this I can’t understand why isn’t the Media on top of this more it has ruined so any lives and families most of these women have kids like we do.

  20. Hi, my name is Louise and I also had a mesh surgery in 2008, for urinary incontinence and soon after the surgery I developed Stool Incontinence.I told the doctor and he responded that it’s not his domain.My urinary incontinence was worst.I had an ultrasound done and my mesh is okay.So they told me I have to live with urinay and stool incontinence for the rest of my life.I also had pain in my groin area and a leg.I had X-rays done and they told me that my results are severe, and that I will have to get a Hip Replacement surgery, soon.Sometimes I feel like giving up.I am in the lawsuits with Rochon and Genova from Toronto.I live in Ontario Canada.When I go out, I have to make sure that there’s a bathroom, near, because of the urinary and especially the Stool incontinence.What a Life…Most of the time I stay home.I’m a 63yr.old widow with 2 sons.My children also have to live with my problems.I’m afraid after my hip surgery that something else will come.Because of their incompetence, we, women suffer in silence.Some say, that we are gonna get paid in maybe 10 years and I believe it because I know someone who is in the Vioxx lawsuit and it’s been 11 years and he still didn’t get compensated.So, if this is true, then I will be dead by then…

    • Jane Akre says:

      Louise- Please do not give up on yourself…. You need expert medical advice. Do you have an expert doctor? Are you able to travel? Did you have any of these problems (besides urinary incontinence) before the mesh implant? Do you have our medical records? You will need those to take any steps ahead. You are far too young with years ahead of you…it also sounds like you need some support. Friends in Ontario- Can you reach out to Louise?

      • I do have a lawyer in Toronto, Canada, No,. I didn’t have any problems before the mesh, only urinary incontinence and now I have to get a Hip Replacement surgery because I have a groin and leg problem since that mesh. Do you know when women will get compensated for their incompetence.? My lawyer have all my medical papers…Sometimes, I’m ashamed that people will smell urine or stool, on me…I do have support but the problems will always be there.I wonder why some people already have been paid, but a lot of people are still waiting? Also, why is it that a lot of American people already got compensation? The faulthy product was made in the U.S, so we, Canadians should be the first to get paid.Why does it take about 10 years, to see the money? I’m a widow and I need money to pay taxis cause I don’t drive.And I will need it for the rest of my so-called life…Nobody, can answer our questions…My firend is still waiting for his money and it’s been 11 years…So. can you answer my questions, please…and I want to thank you,for returning to me so quickly.At least, I have someone in my corner…

  21. Louise says:

    Hi, Cherie and Jane. I sent you a few comments about Transvaginal mesh lawsuits.Why did they delete the “CANADIAN VICTIMS OF VAGINAL MESH /FACEBOOK? It was the only we, women could communicate.Also. I don’t know if women saw about what the mesh was made of.Go to “Bard used mesh plastic found Unfit for human by supplier.”They also talk about aDavol executive who warned colleagues not to tell Chevron Phillips or other resin makers and THEY ALL COVEERED IT UP…Also, they shouldn’t make the mesh with resin-based plastic and it’s not for Humans implantations.Is it true that CANADIAN WOMEN will have to wait 10 years to get paid? Why? Thanks…

  22. Jennifer l says:

    Hi from Montana US. I have been reading all of the information here and it is very informative and yes very upsetting to know there are so many women/people suffering. i was wondering if there is any help out there and good removal doctors in the US. I see St Louis? THanks and god bless everyone.

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