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How we met and grew
 
  Their friendship was born out of adversity and a determination that no other women would have to suffer the devastating effects of mesh surgery.
Today they are the best of friends, two women united in a common aim, to ensure no other woman is put at risk from the polypropylene mesh implants which have devastated hundreds of thousands of lives across the world.

Before they knew each other, Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy were struggling to come to terms with constant pain and crippling side effects of a surgery that was supposed to 'change their lives'.

Both had been told they were 'unique', that the life changing injuries both had suffered had never been seen before. When the two women found each other, they knew they were not unique, they knew they had to use all their strength to campaign and raise awareness to ensure no other women would suffer the same fate.

Launching Scottish Mesh Survivors 'Hear Our Voice' campaign brought
together hundreds of other women suffering the effects of polypropylene mesh
implant surgery, and changed forever the way the NHS sought consent from
patients. Because of their efforts, not only have other women empowered themselves, their relentless campaign led to the procedures being suspended
pending a safety inquiry.

For the first time, the NHS in Scotland has also been required to seek informed consent from every new patient, telling them each and every side effect of the surgery now at the centre of multi-billion pound legal actions across the world.
Elaine, from Newton Mearns, and Olive, from Renfrew, were both awarded the Sunday Mail's 'Unsung Hero' award for their outstanding efforts, introducing new levels of patient awareness and choice.
   
 
 
 
     
Continued support received with thanks from Neil Findlay MSP and Jackson Carlaw MSP
     
 
 
     
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Marion Scott

Reporter & Journalist
of the Year 2015

 
As shocked as we all are by the hundreds and thousands of women suffering injuries, I fear we are only just seeing the tip of the iceberg of the mesh implant scandal. I firmly believe this is one of the biggest medical scandals of all time, and believe we will look back at this as with the same despair our parents feel when they look back on thalidomide. The true cost, the lives lost and changed forever, the families left picking up broken pieces, the careers and talents lost from society, and of course our NHS shouldering the cost of treatment, is simply beyond calculation. Just one broken, crippled woman is one woman too many. We know of hundreds and thousands across the world.

How many more before health watchdogs acknowledge the danger of mesh implants? If we do not act now, at least two generations of women could be put at risk of life changing injury by these plastic ticking timebombs. That is why the Sunday Mail is proud to campaign for change, raise awareness, and support the selfless women behind the Scottish Mesh Survivors 'Hear Our Voice' campaign.

Marion Scott, Sunday Mail - 17 March 2015
   
         
       
             
       
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