Hysterectomy & Mesh in South Africa
Women all over the World are struggling. They usually don’t know why they are sick but when things get really bad, they start searching. If they can speak English they will find others who deal with mesh injury but even then they often find themselves feeling very isolated and alone. We all know that unless you have or had mesh in your body, you cannot possibly understand how it feels to have these complications. So today I am going to try to find women who live in South Africa so that they have their own support group and may possibly be able to meet up and find what they need. Real support from those who understand it.
I have been contacted by women from all over the world who have struggled on without much hope of ever feeling good again. The Internet is marvelous and Google amazing because without it many of us would die. Odd things would be written on our death certificates as the cause, but nowhere will there be written Mesh Complications. But we will change this as we all fight from every corner of this world.
Every day there are new comments left on any blog that a woman stumbles across. So a few days ago when this one came in and I knew she needed support and help.
“I would like to email you privately as I have all the complications and symptoms of mesh, but have no proof. .I had a rectocele repair in 2007.i live in Cape Town South Africa and am suffering. I need to make an appointment with either doctor Raz. If you can assist in any way you can email me back on above address. Also my big question is how much would mesh removal surgery cost? and if any of these doctors would be able to detect the mesh in my body without me having the operative report. Thank you for all the info on mesh without you and the other ladies I would have never tied mesh to all my complications and symptoms.”
I contacted her immediately and we spoke on the phone yesterday. Once I knew what her complications were, I gave her Dr. Raz email address. It is in her colon and I know his experience will be the best help for her. She also informed me that she had had a hysterectomy but it was done vaginally. If you know anything about mesh complications you will know why this is so important. I also found where she could ask about medical records law in South Africa and gave her a blog I wrote about getting your records in this country because she is being told there are no records.
This is the link for the South African health care system. If you find yourself in her situation, then please find out what the law is on storage of medical records. This is the law in this country and you need to read it if you can’t get your records.
I also found for her that mesh is definitely being used in her country but like all of us know, doctors will deny any complications. You can see for yourself here
The other question she asked “Could the doctor find the mesh without her medical records is easy to answer. Yes they can. She will be given a translabial ultrasound and the mesh can be seen with this test, regardless of the type. I wrote about the tests when I went to UCLA for removal surgery.
If you live in South Africa
and would like to join a support group in that country and raise awareness so that other women do not wind up living in pain please leave a comment on this blog. I am the only one who will see your email address and I will put you in contact with this woman.
This will cost her huge money to fly and stay in California to have mesh removal but she has a supportive husband and family who will begin work immediately to raise the funds needed. Should any woman have to come up with this kind of money because of a product that should be removed from the market, no they shouldn’t. But it is her only hope.
Be aware that no matter where you live, your life can be changed by mesh in a devastating way. Please read this
Anyone who needs help or removal, I heard from Elmari and have her contact email. Please leave a comment here with your correct email address. Then I will contact you via email. Elmari did have her surgery and is doing well. There is hope.
Second update. If you are searching for a lawyer in your country. a woman found one and she wants you to contact her via email. However, before I give that to you, please learn and understand, that just because you find a lawyer you do not have a case, until your case has been filed in court. It should be done within a year of the time you contact a lawyer, so be sure to ask for a copy of your stamped and dated complaint, after it has been filed.
Be sure you stay on top of this, or the statue of limitations can run out. Check with the lawyer when yours will be. Every woman is different and in the U.S you only have ten years from time of implant.
You should also be aware that not every lawyer is honest. Women have discovered, too late, that the lawyer who told them they had a case, cut and run and left many past the statute and too late to file. This has happened in the U.K and the lawyer left without giving any explanation.
Here is the email address you should contact. Her name is Suzette. Title it, “I need a lawyer” when you write so that she will know what it is about.
Contact in South Africa.
Suzette has now set up a Facebook page for women in your country to find support and a lawyer. https://www.facebook.com/groups/meshslingssouthafrica/