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Family says defective metal-on-metal hip implant caused mother’s brain cancer

 Family says defective metal on metal hip implant caused mothers brain cancerA woman who had filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for its defective metal-on-metal hip implant has died of an aggressive brain cancer, a disease her family believes was caused by blood poisoning from her corroding artificial hip.

Bharucha had broken a hip when she suffered a fall and in 2007 was fitted with Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy ASR hip replacement system. The surgery did not relieve her pain or help her regain her mobility. In fact, she grew increasingly worse.

By 2011, a year after the device was recalled due to premature failures, Bharucha had revision surgery to remove and replace her device with a more traditional ceramic one. But the damage had already been done.

Bharucha still suffered from hip pain and limited mobility. She also had elevated levels of chromium and cobalt in her blood, a type of blood poisoning known as metallosis, caused by her corroding metal hip implant.

There are few studies to show the effects of metallosis. Many patients have experienced fatigue, infections and headaches. Others have reported heart abnormalities. Studies show that heavy metals in the blood can damage DNA, which can lead to serious health problems, including cancer. Bharucha’s family believes that metallosis contributed to her aggressive brain cancer.

“It popped out of nowhere during an MRI investigation. We have no history of cancer in the family,” her daughter Jeniffer recalls.

The family says it will continue to move forward with Bharucha’s lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. Hers is one of thousands filed against the company related to the faulty metal-on-metal devices. “(Bharucha) died in immense pain. And, no amount of compensation can take that away.”

Source: Times of India