"She had a hip replacement 10 years ago and was doing well but then her hip started draining," says Neiferd. "She was hiding it from us because she didn't want to go into assisted living." (Stephanie and her husband had finally found a good 'independent living' arrangement for Evelyn.)
"After the surgery, Evelyn kept saying that she felt something 'funny' in her hip. The doctor thought he snipped something, like a nerve. She complained all those years about her hip, that it didn't feel right.
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We took her to the hospital and the orthopedic surgeon was shocked and very angry with these Panacryl sutures, made by Ethicon. 'I kept pulling and pulling and they kept coming,' he told me. He put her on a heavy course of antibiotics but she went downhill fast and passed away February, 2007.
I haven't seen her death certificate but I attribute it to Panacryl sutures."