Sunday 11 December 2016

Woman (27) sues over hip replacement that 'ruined her life'

Tim Healy

Published 01/11/2016 | 19:04

Kiara Kenneally, with an address in Sandyford, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts. Photo: Collins Courts
Kiara Kenneally, with an address in Sandyford, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts. Photo: Collins Courts

A 27-YEAR-old woman has claimed in the High Court her life was ruined after she had a hip replacement as a teenager.

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Kiara Kenneally was just 16 when she had a left side hip replacement, her senior counsel Liam Reidy told the court.

"Her life was ruined as a result," counsel said.

Ms Kenneally has since had to have two revision operations and is due another in the next two years, he said.

As a result of the hip replacement, she had lost out on the enjoyment of life from 16 to 26 years of age, he said.  Counsel contended that situation requires significant compensation.

Ms Kenneally, a sales technician from Hillview, Waterford, but now living in Sandyford, Dublin, has sued hip implant manufacturer DePuy International Ltd as a result of a replacement implant she received on her left side on August 17, 2005.

She has claimed  the implant was defective or not suitable and as a result she has suffered personal injuries, upset, distress. loss and damage.

She further claims she was provided with an implant device which released shards of metal and or metal ions in to her body and there was an alleged failure to exercise any or any reasonable due care and attention in and about the manufacture of the replacement device.

It is further alleged that Ms Kenneally because of her hip problems missed out on unique bonding and parenting time and interaction with her daughter after she was born in February 2010.

The claims are denied and DePuy contends the product was not defective.

The court heard DePuy recalled its hip implant product in Ireland in August 2010.

The case continues.

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