A mother of three is one of a group of 40 women bringing a claim against Johnson & Johnson about its mesh products, with help from Thompsons Solicitors.
Forty-six-year old Bonita Barrett, who lives near York, had mesh surgery in 2015 as an ‘add on’ when treated for prolapse, and has been in constant pain ever since. The pain was such that she found it difficult to visit her father who was dying of cancer and she had to stop working for the family’s food producing business. She lost her father in the midst of her pain as well as her independence as she became reliant on her husband and children for everything.
“The doctor said I had mild stress urinary incontinence that they could fix at the same time as they sorted the prolapse,” Mrs Barrett said. “I looked online and saw some articles about mesh complications however my surgeon assured me they weren’t using mesh so I went ahead with it.”
The information leaflet Mrs Barrett was given about her tension-free vaginal tape obturator (TVTO) surgery was out of date and did not include any of the warnings of Johnson & Johnson’s Gynecare implanted product and that it was, in fact, mesh.