Patricia Sullivan

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Patricia  Sullivan

Patricia Sullivan

Patient Representative, Mesh Down Under

I gained my NZRN in the 1970’s and graduated also with The Francis Keith Payne award from Wellington Hospital for outstanding academic achievement and services to nursing.

I worked for many years as a RN in various countries in various roles.

 On my return to NZ in 2000 I commenced a new role with the Cardiac Cath Lab theatre team.

In 2008 I had POP surgery for what I now believe in hindsight, was a ‘relatively minor’ prolapse, not helped by the lead aprons we wore in the Cath Lab. I never recovered enough to return to my work there which I loved.

By 2012 I was diagnosed with mesh erosion.  My general health had deteriorated considerably.  Many signs and symptoms of a mesh adverse reaction were missed by 5 specialists in the previous 4 years, losing valuable time.

I have since become a Health Advocate and Educator about surgical mesh adverse reactions.  I was part of the Government/ Ministry of Health Mesh working group for informed consent, the development of critical care pathways for mesh injured, and a consumer voice in the restorative justice process.

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