In April, 2018, I travelled to Washington DC for a secret meeting hosted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the group behind the Panama Papers, Swissleaks, the Paradise Papers and other investigative journalism projects.
The meeting was an early-stage discussion of a proposed new project, the Implant Files, which would look at the ever-growing phenomenon of implanted medical devices, the adequacy or otherwise of their regulation, and the idea that multinational manufacturers might sometimes have too much influence on hospitals and clinicians.
By the time the fruits of our labours were published on November 25th last, more than 250 journalists around the globe had become involved.
And in the period during which we were researching our project, three of the journalists had a medical device implanted – including yours truly.
The story of my personal engagement with the world of medical devices began on the weekend