A retired gymnast, who promoted the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement System before to the product´s worldwide recall last year, is making a negligence 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 relieve her from the constant pain of osteoarthritis. At the time of the surgery, the DePuy ASR hip replacement system transformed her daily 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 her image was used all over the world. Penny also gave interviews about the benefits of the DePuy ASR hip replacement device and counselled patients about to have implant surgery. However, in 2009, Penny began to develop a groin pain which was diagnosed as being caused by the hip replacement system and, as the wear and tear grew, felt a clunking sensation whenever she walked anywhere.
In May 2011, Penny was informed that she would need revision surgery which would mean the removal of the DePuy ASR hip replacement device and a replacement system installed. She had her operation and has been bed-bound and not able to work ever since.