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Hawaii woman suffering from faulty hip replacement files lawsuit

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Posted: Oct 26, 2010 11:25 PM HST

Updated: Oct 26, 2010 11:48 PM HST

By Oscar Valenzuela – bio | email

HONOLULU (Hawaii News Now) – Ten years ago Jacqueline Lum was hit by a car. Today she walks with a cane but it’s not from her injuries she suffered then.

Today Jacqueline still suffers constant pain and disability due to a faulty hip replacement system.

Lum and her attorneys filed a suit against DePuy Orthopedics. They are seeking punitive damages against the subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, on allegations that the company manufactured and sold the A S R X L Acetabular system. A hip replacement system that hadn’t been thoroughly tested.

Richard Fried, Lum’s attorney said the product is, “…supposed last about fifteen years.” Jacqueline Lum’s didn’t last fifteen months.

Fried explained further, “She had a hip put in, in August of last year which has already failed and she’s going to have it replaced.”

The wear and tear on Lum’s left hip socket, from the faulty device, continues to bother Jacqueline to this day. “It hurts to sleep at night. I need to take medications, so it can help take the pain away.” she said.

And now she has further complications. The irregular rubbing of the manufactured hip joint is depositing heavy metals into her bloodstream.

Her attorney says her blood tests have proven that, “Jackie’s cobalt level is thirty times the normal level. Chromium, ten times.”

The law firm claims the DePuy company knew about the defects at least two years before Jacqueline’s implant in August of two-thousand nine.

In August of two-thousand ten, the company issued a worldwide recall of the system.Admitting that, “…more people than expected who received the ASR hip system experienced pain and other symptoms that led to a second hip replacement surgery…”

They also said that the majority of those receiving the ASR hips have not had problems and the company said they intended to cover the reasonable costs of monitoring and treatment.

Jacqueline’s doctors have rescheduled a revision of her current implant on November eighth. They will then determine the proper procedure for yet another hip system replacement surgery.

She’s hopeful, saying, “I hope the next one is going to be a good one, gotta wait and see right?”

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