A woman who had to undergo several corrective surgeries for faulty transvaginal mesh is giving back to the community that helped her. Teresa Sawyer was facing foreclosure and mounting medical bills before an outpouring of community support helped her and her husband manage the costs.
Sawyer received a transvaginal mesh implant to treat stress urinary incontinence, but the device failed and led to months of pain, limited mobility and hospital visits. After receiving donations and support from the community, Sawyer recovered from the faulty surgical mesh and is volunteering for organizations that help others in need, including the Salvation Army.
Sawyer has since started TVT-NO!, a support group for women who have experienced transvaginal mesh problems. Thousands of women have complained of transvaginal mesh side effects, prompting many manufacturers to issue mesh recalls. Some experts predict mesh manufacturers could face thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits.