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Class action after a world of pain

Hannah Silverman From: The Advertiser May 23, 2011 11:00PM

AFTER a hip replacement, Anne Joyce was told she would be back to her active self just six weeks later. Five years, three hip replacements and a class action later, the Port Lincoln mother-of-two says she’s finally on the road to recovery.

Anne Joyce is part of a class action against DePuy Orthopedics. Picture: Ivon Perrin Source: The Advertiser

Mrs Joyce, in her early 50s , is one of 47 South Australians involved in a class action against DePuy Orthopedics. The company is allegedly responsible for the numerous patients who have had toxic metals leak into their bloodstream because of the degradation of its implants.

“I just don’t want anybody to go through what I’ve been through, and my family,” she said. “The pain has been just horrendous.”

Mrs Joyce had her first hip replacement in June 2006 and her second in early 2008, the implant “debonding all this time”.

“Then in January 2010 I saw my orthopaedic surgeon again and he said I had an infection,” Mrs Joyce said.

“He said … I needed another hip replacement … I also had metal fragmentation in my blood.”

Mrs Joyce said while she is recovering slowly, she is angry her pain has been echoed throughout Australia.

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