This story has been republished with permission from The Irish Times.
In April 2018, I traveled to Washington, D.C. for a secret meeting hosted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the group behind the Panama Papers, Swiss Leaks, the Paradise Papers and other investigative journalism projects.
The meeting was an early-stage discussion of a proposed new investigation, 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 labors were published on Nov. 25 last year, 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