Emma was referred to hospital in 2010 after suffering a prolapse during childbirth. The injury, which caused incontinence, could not be rectified by physiotherapy and she was advised to have a mesh sling fitted.
“The mesh implant was sold to me as a miracle cure, where I’d be in and out within 24 hours,” she said. “They asked me to sign a consent form, and the only details about side effects was a low risk of bleeding. I had no reason to believe anything bad would come of this.”
Emma remained in pain after the operation, but her consultant assured her it was standard after an operation.
However, Emma’s condition did not improve. During the months and years that followed, her pain failed to subside and her incontinence returned.
“I raised the issue multiple times about the pain and incontinence, but I was told to deal with it,” she said. “I had no choice but to complain to the hospital manager, who organised a meeting with my consultant. He remained dismissive and told me not to believe all of the stories you hear about mesh in the media.