Lawyers from Irwin Mitchell’s Defective Products team are currently working on behalf of Sally Gration, who has suffered numerous problems caused by a faulty metal on metal hip replacement.
Sally, 57, a nursery teacher from Stockport, was born with Dysplasia in her right hip. In February 2006 she underwent an operation to resurface this hip and was fitted with a De Puy ASR hip implant.
At first Sally’s recovery seemed to be going well and the pain she had been suffering from her right hip was much better. However by the summer of 2007 she started to experience problems, beginning with a partial dislocation in June.
By 2009 Sally was experiencing twinges and aching in the hip and couldn’t walk far without experiencing considerable pain. She put this down to the normal consequences of having had hip surgery.
In January 2011, Sally received a letter from the hospital telling her that the hip implant was being recalled. She went to hospital for x-rays and blood tests. While waiting for the results of the tests, Sally continued to suffer dislocations and twice needed to undergo general anaesthetic to reunite the hip joint.
In March 2011 Sally was told that she had high levels of chromium and cobalt in her blood and that she would need to have revision surgery on the hip.
Sally had revision surgery in May 2011 but it became clear during surgery that there was not enough pelvic bone remaining for a new prosthesis to be fitted to. The surgery was not completed and Sally left theatre with no right hip joint.
Two weeks later, Sally left hospital without a hip. She was confined to a bed in her living room while she waited for a surgeon to be found who could fit her with a new implant.
Sally’s care was transferred to Professor Ian Stockley in Sheffield. In November 2011 he fitted her with a new ceramic implant. Hopefully this surgery has put Sally on the road to recovery but only time will tell us how she will be in the future.
As a highly experienced nursery teacher who is passionate about her job, Sally is conscious about the amount of time that she has had to take away from work. Also, Sally’s lack of mobility means she has put on the weight she successfully lost over previous years having had to relinquish her gym membership due to the problems that she had suffered.
Sally’s husband has had to provide her with round-the-clock care and her life has been significantly affected by the problems with her hip replacement.
Our defective products experts are currently investigating Sally’s case and hope to help her recover compensation.
Our specialist personal injury solicitors will provide you with free initial advice on your compensation claim if you have suffered as the result of "mix and match" metal-on-hip implants. View our “Mix And Match” Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants Claims page for more information.
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