Glimmer of hope after years of pain for Kiwis sold faulty hip replacements

Dozens of Kiwis sold a dangerously faulty hip implant, may have a new avenue to seek justice, after years of pain and frustration.

Around 400 New Zealanders were given a metal on metal hip replacement called the ASR between 2004 and 2011, and according to ACC a quarter of that number reported injuries relating to the device.

These injuries stemmed from a design flaw in the artificial joint which caused metal flakes to enter the patient’s blood and surrounding tissue.

One such Kiwi is Joy Palaskas, who says she still lives with the effects of the ASR, even after having the faulty device replaced.

“I am quite slow walking, older people pass me and they’re on zimmer frames,” she told Newshub Nation. “People on zimmer frames walk past me; that is how slow I am with a limp.”

The ASR was produced by the American company Depuy, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson.

Read more: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/shows/2018/07/glimmer-of-hope-after-years-of-pain-for-kiwis-sold-faulty-hip-replacements.html

Mike Wesley-Smith – NewsHub

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