Hundreds of people have shared their medical device stories with us since the start of our medical device campaign, and we were alarmed to learn about real hardships people are facing from having faulty devices. Too many of them needed to undergo painful revision surgeries, suffered permanent injury or live in constant pain.
As Congress is on its last stretch to send final legislation that oversees medical device safety to the President, we sent congressional staffers a person’s story each morning this week asking them to keep real people in mind as they reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. Real lives are at stake, real people are involved in their decisions.
Read their stories:
Malfunctioning defibrillator shocks child 9 times. Read Avery’s story.
A simple hernia repair results in a lifetime of despair. Read Jim’s story.
Infections and constant pain from transvaginal mesh product. Read Jaye’s story.
Faulty elbow implant leads to constant, daily pain. Read Steven’s story.
Knee replacement device leaves woman in intense pain and unable to work. Read Diane’s story.
Metal on metal hip implant radically alters formerly physically active grandfather’s life. Read Howard’s story.
If you have a medical device story to share, please share it with us here so we can continue to push for changes to improve patient safety.