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Mother of Six Suffers Crippling Nerve Injury After Botched Mesh Surgery

One in 20 Women with Vaginal Mesh Have Attempted Suicide Due to Severe Pain

An Atlanta woman is reportedly suffering chronic, excruciating pain that has made it difficult for her to perform everyday activities from walking and using the toilet to having sex after surgical mesh used to treat a hernia tore her pelvic nerve.

According to a news report in The Daily Mail, the strong painkillers 36-year-old Amy Whitaker took to numb that pain erased memories of her children. As she suffered, Whitaker’s parents took out two mortgages to help Whitaker and her husband care for their children.

A Horrific Journey of Pain and Trauma

The article talks about Whitaker and her family’s nightmarish journey that began in August 2016 when she woke up from what she believed was “minor surgery” to remove a pelvic hernia.

According to Whitaker, the minute she opened her eyes, she felt intense pain. Instead of closing the surgical site inside with stitches, the doctor had used a surgical mesh to “stem” it. But, it wasn’t until months after the operation that Whitaker, now 36, found out that the mesh had been placed too low.

This caused it to tear into the nerve connecting her clitoris, anus, vulva and pelvis. Since she was in constant pain, Whitaker had to get help to cook meals for her family and take care of her children. The year that followed was a “blur of pain” and the prescription drugs she took to numb the pain wiped out memories of her newborn daughter.

The intense burning sensation and pain in her pelvis and vagina made it important for her to sit, go to the bathroom or be intimate with her husband. The mesh essentially damaged Whitaker’s pudendal nerve, which controls sensation to the entire area. Whitaker now has a blog titled “The Glass is Half Full” where she talks about her challenges and lets other sufferers know that they are not alone.

Defective Medical Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the mesh in question for hernia repair. The mesh is made from synthetic polypropylene and material patches are commonly used in surgeries involving the uterus, vagina, bladder and urinary tract.

Many women have reported similar side effects from this type of mesh, including severe vaginal pain, the inability to have sex, infections, bleeding, and organ erosion. In addition, surgical mesh is tough to remove once it is placed, and the procedure to get rid of it can in itself lead to further damage, pain, and complications.

If you have suffered similar complications or side effects from these mesh devices, please get in touch with an experienced mesh defect attorney to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights. You may be able to seek compensation for damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, cost of other services, permanent injuries, disability, and pain and suffering.


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