It gives you a sense of just how widespread the DePuy hip debacle has become. The pain, indeed, is being felt globally.
The November 21 issue of the Irish News details the plight of Antoinette Power, who received her defective DePuy Hip Replacement system in 2006. The DePuy ASR was finally removed after three troublesome and challenging years.
"The loss of life that people would have had, in time, as in living, because of what we've gone through, and what our children and our families have gone through," she said in an interview with Prime Time, an investigative program produced by Ireland's national broadcaster, RTE.
"How many people in the world are not able to go through with that second operation? It makes life sound so cheap."
Power went through her entire ordeal—including a second operation to remove the defective DePuy ASR—a year before the Hip Replacement Recall of the DePuy ASR. Power speaks about not only the challenges faced by patients of the defective product, but also their families.
The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement System was first approved in 2005.
Schaberick received another DePuy Hip system—the Pinnacle—three years ago after losing his balance and twisting his hip, according to the November 20 issue of the Asbury Park Press. X-rays showed his hip had deteriorated to the point where he required a hip implant. Just prior to Christmas in 2008, Schaberick took home a shiny, new DePuy hip
While the scar healed, Schaberick told the Asbury Park Press that inside, the prosthetic hip never felt right. His physical therapist agreed that something was wrong.
The new-age metal-on-metal implants that were once touted with such triumph have proven to be a scourge for some patients. Minute metal shavings have caused inflammation of surrounding tissue, together with the potential release of cobalt and other metallic substances into the bloodstream.
Schaberick's story has, so far, not been a happy one. Required to walk up to six miles a day for his sales job, Schaberick was forced to quit working and now lives in constant pain confined to a rented apartment. He doesn't have health insurance. His only relief can be found in a reclining chair while taking the weight off his right leg.
He's only 53. Schaberick has launched a DePuy lawsuit against DePuy and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson.
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As the similarities filter down through generations of "substantially similar" devices, Wolfe makes the observation that "by increments, you wind up with something that's really not terribly equivalent to the (original) existing device."
The Irish News reports that up to 94,000 patients worldwide have received the DePuy ASR system. Many of those patients have filed a DePuy lawsuit seeking redress and compensation for their pain and suffering.