Sling the Mesh: American woman wins $100m in lawsuit, while New Zealand man’s death linked to device used in hernia op


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An American woman was given $100million compensation last Thursday, following a lawsuit against a mesh manufacturer.

A Delaware jury awarded Deborah Barba $25million in compensatory damages, and an additional $75million in punitive damages, reported news agency Reuters.

The 51-year-old sued manufacturer Boston Scientific for her permanent injuries caused by the company’s TVT mesh. She was implanted in 2009 but has since suffered complications and endured two surgeries that did not fully remove the devices.

After a two-week trial, jurors found that Boston Scientific had been negligent in designing and making the devices and that it had failed to warn patients and doctors about potential risks.

A Boston Scientific spokeswoman said the company strongly disagreed with the verdict and intends to appeal.

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