A former gymnast, who worked promoting the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement System prior to the product´s worldwide recall last year, is making a personal injury compensation claim against the product´s manufacturers Johnson & Johnson following difficulties with her own DePuy hip replacement system.
Penny Brown (51) of Bath, Wiltshire, had hip replacement surgery in 2004 to ease the constant pain of osteoarthritis. At this time, the DePuy ASR hip replacement system transformed her life to such a degree that she agreed to become the “face” of DePuy and promote their hip replacement systems throughout the UK.
Between 2004 and 2008, Penny was DePuy´s “patient brand” and she was used extensively throughout the world to promote the system. Penny also gave interviews about the benefits of the DePuy ASR hip replacement system and counselled patients about to have the implant surgery. However, in 2009, Penny started to develop a groin pain which was diagnosed as being caused by the hip replacement system and shefelt a clunking sensation whenever she walked anywhere.
Ms Brown was informed that she would need revision surgery which would mean the removal of the DePuy ASR hip replacement system and a replacement system installed. She underwent her operation and has been bed-bound and unable to work ever since.