Advocating Safety in Healthcare, E-Sisters

501c3 Charitable donations to ASHES can be made by clicking the button below
ASHES relies solely on donations to fund advocacy trips, rallies, events, lobbying efforts, and work with patients.

Your donation helps us:
Lobby for The Medical Device Safety Act in Congress
Fight for changes to the FDA's outdated and corrupt system of device approval
Spread awareness online through patient engagement events
Fund supplies for rallies and protests
Provide emotional support and education to women harmed by Essure and others harmed by medical devices
Develop educational resources to guide patients in choosing doctors and evaluating the safety of medical devices

ASHES president, Angie Firmalino, was featured in the Netflix documentary The Bleeding Edge.
See her personal story, along with how she and the E-Sisters fought to get a dangerous medical device off the market, and won! 

ASHES Non Profit, a (501) (c)3 organization

Advocating Safety in Healthcare E-Sisters (ASHES) is a nonprofit organization founded by Angie Firmalino in 2015. The organization is run by a board of directors, who have been advocating and raising awareness regarding the dangers of a permanent birth control device called Essure. We help administer Essure Problems, a growing Facebook group with over 40,000 members, mostly consisting of women harmed by Essure. For seven years we have helped educate women concerning the potential risks associated with the device. We have also assisted thousands of women by providing emotional support, educational files and graphics, helping injured women finding competent doctors, and sharing detailed and updated information about proper Essure removal, provided to us by physicians, in order to prevent women from suffering catastrophic botched removal surgeries.  We have even been there on many occasions to talk women down from suicidal ideations, either by messenger or direct contact on the phone. My admin team and I  have volunteered countless hours, days, months, and years, and have been 100% dedicated to this group and our fight to get Essure off the market.

After several years of running the Facebook group and being advocates for the women who experienced complications from the Essure procedure, we realized there was a dire need for proper and complete education and information regarding many medical devices.  However, this urgent need involves raising funds to continue our fight.  Up to this point, all of our advocacy work has been paid for out of our own pockets; which was becoming a huge burden for many of us. From that need, ASHES was born.

ASHES nonprofit exists to educate and inform women and men regarding the potential dangers of medical devices and the importance of researching as well as HOW to research, any medical device recommended by their physician. It also provides instruction on how to advocate on behalf of  those harmed by medical devices. ASHES also fights to raise awareness about the pitfalls of our FDA’s medical device approval processes and post market surveillance, and to help bring about much needed changes to these practices. ASHES was instrumental in getting three bills introduced in Congress regarding Essure and other medical devices covered by PMA, and Medical Device Safety.

ASHES relies solely on donations to the nonprofit to fund advocacy trips, rallies, events, and lobbying efforts. While we do not allocate funds to any individuals harmed by devices directly, we use funding for educational materials, travel costs, rally supplies,  mailings, operational costs, etc. The goal is to PREVENT others from suffering the same devastating harm that each of us has experienced personally from a medical device, and to fight for the rights of those who have been harmed.

Our current focus is on The Medical Device Safety Act of 2017, a bill currently in Congress, which if passed, will restore a patient's right to litigation if harmed by a Class III medical device. ASHES members will also be working with other advocacy groups to get a bill introduced in Congress, which will revise the 510K process of medical device approval.

Donations to our nonprofit will help us continue our efforts in Congress to fight for changes to the FDA’s outdated and corrupt system of device approval.  They also assist us in continuing to spread awareness through social media, websites, and allow us to continue to host rallies, protests, and patient engagement events.

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ASHES Board of Directors:

Angie Firmalino, President

Amanda Dykeman, Vice President

Angela Desa Lynch, Communications Director

Sarah Carlin, Treasurer

Amanda Rusmisell, Secretary

Lisa Saenz, Development Coordinator

Holly Ennis, Attorney

Kim Myers, Member At Large

In 2018, ASHES was instrumental in pressuring the FDA to place new restrictions on the device Essure, as well as the manufacturer Bayer's decision to take Essure off the market in the United States, the final market where Essure remained.

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