Eastbourne mum on TV this morning

A mother from Pevensey Bay is featured on the BBC2 Victoria Derbyshire Show this morning (Tuesday April 18) alongside women across the country fighting to get a controversial operation stopped.

Tuesday, 18th April 2017, 9:22 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:48 pm

Kate Langley ran a successful business as a childminder – but was forced to give it up following a mesh implant operation, which she had in 2012.

She said, “Before the mesh sling, I was a happy, healthy mum of two children. I had my own business as a registered childminder, but I had to give it up as I’d collapse in agony and became unreliable.

“I tried to work in a preschool, but I had to give that up too. If I do too much, it triggers the pain attacks, so I’m now at home.

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“I’ve lost all my confidence, I suffer from anxiety and I’m covered in psoriasis, probably due to the stress of it all.

“We have got into debt relying on my husband’s salary to support us. I can’t walk far because of the pain, so I’ve put on a lot of weight too, which makes me miserable.”

The medical procedure was halted in Scotland in June 2014 but reinstated in March 2017 amid claims of a whitewash independent inquiry.

Mesh implants are used to fix incontinence or prolapse, often caused by natural childbirth.

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High impact training, which puts pressure on the pelvic floor, can also trigger problems. Incontinence is a common problem for high performing athletes. Some suffer from the distressing condition of incontinence or prolapse due to joint hypermobility syndrome, others for no apparent reason, from a young age.

The Victoria Derbyshire Show airs on BBC2 this morning until 11am.