Horley native Susanna Derham, forty years of age, said in a recent interview that she had no choice but to give up work due to the faulty implant, as it needed replacement only four years out of the twenty five it had been expected to last. The hip implant, a product of DePuy Orthopaedics Inc, had been worn away while inside Ms Derham, leading her to experience intense swelling and pain, which led to her everyday activities becoming incredibly difficult, according to her injury claims, and she also has to face the possibility that particles of metal from the implant may have been absorbed into her bloodstream and may end up causing health problems in the future.
As a result of the failure of the hip implant, Ms Derham is now seeking damages from DePuy for the pain and suffering the object caused her. An additional 120 others have also made claims against the orthopaedic supply company as well for similar injuries caused by their implants.
After a number of health issues were linked to the faulty implant, DePuy Orthopaedics issued a recall of the product in 2010. A company spokesperson said that in the wake of the recall, the firm had been committed to working hand in glove with both surgeons and patients in order to make provisions for any requested information and support.
Ms Derham has had the faulty implant removed, with a ceramic one replacing it, BBC News reported.