A woman who said she was severely injured by surgically implanted vaginal mesh was awarded $13.5 million by a Court of Common pleas jury on Wednesday, the second large verdict against medical device manufacturer Ethicon, Inc. in Philadelphia. Sharon Carlino, 58, of Toms River, N.J. sued Ethicon following surgery in 2005 to implant vaginal mesh to treat urinary incontinence. She said she suffered sharp pains as a consequence of the procedure and underwent two attempts at corrective surgery without success. In December, a separate jury in Philadelphia awarded an Indiana woman $12.5 million who also had mesh implant surgery and suffered chronic pain afterwards. Nationally, tens of thousands of lawsuits have been filed against vaginal mesh manufacturers who say the implants have caused severe and life altering pain.

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