Vaginal mesh injury: ‘I really thought I was going to die’ (via The Irish Times)

Woman says infections started immediately after mesh was inserted in 2002 to treat urinary incontinence

Mandy Jackson (63), from Wicklow, is starting to get her life back after 19 years of urinary tract infections which she believes were caused by vaginal mesh.

By the time she travelled to St Louis, Missouri last September, to have the mesh fully removed by specialist in women’s pelvic medicine, Dr Dionysius Veronikis, Jackson had been hospitalised with liver damage caused by years of taking antibiotics.

“My general wellbeing was very low,” she says. “I had no energy. I’d have to sit in the chair for an hour or two after I got up every morning.”

Jackson said the infections started immediately after she had mesh inserted in 2002 to treat urinary incontinence.

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Stark warning over ‘crisis of unmet legal need’ in Ireland (vi Irish Legal News)

The combined impact of the pandemic and increased financial pressure on individuals and households has exacerbated the “ongoing crisis of unmet legal need in this country”, the head of legal rights group FLAC has warned.

Writing in the foreword to FLAC’s annual report for 2021, FLAC chief executive Eilis Barry said the “overwhelming demand for legal information, advice and advocacy continued to exceed our resources, despite the addition of new staff, further resources and expertise”.

The report was launched this morning at an event addressed by Chief Justice Donal O’Donnell, who said FLAC “has established itself as an institution, and an invaluable one, which over the course of its history has campaigned for change, protected the weak, challenged the strong and educated us all”.

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US Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade abortion ruling (via RTE News)

The US Supreme Court has ended the right to abortion in a seismic ruling that shreds half a century of constitutional protections on one of the most divisive and bitterly fought issues in American political life.

The conservative-dominated court overturned the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that recognised a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion and legalised it nationwide.

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