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Bonny Gonyer

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Bonny was born on January 24, 1960. She spent her early years in California, graduating from high school in 1978. After school, she served eight years in the United States Air Force where she was a crew chief, performing aircraft maintenance on tankers. Her Air Force service included deployment during Desert Storm to the Gulf. Following her service in the Air Force, Bonny entered into employment with Nestlé, where she is still employed, working in the area of quality control.
Bonny is married and has a 23-year-old daughter and two stepsons, ages 17 and 14. She resides with her husband and stepsons in Wisconsin. On February 4, 2001, Bonny tore her right anterior cruciate ligament while skiing. As a result of this injury, on April 24, 2001 Bonny received a hemi-patellar tendon from CryoLife which was contaminated with Clostridium. Amazingly, CryoLife shipped the cadaver tissue which was implanted in Bonny knowing the cadaver was contaminated with Clostridium.
Prior to her surgery, Bonny was active sportswoman. She enjoyed skiing, hunting, camping, fishing, horseback riding, running, swimming and boogie boarding. She has, to date, undergone three additional surgical procedures as a result of the clostridium-contaminated allograft she received from CryoLife. Today, her right knee will only bend to a 90 degree angle resulting in a dramatic change of lifestyle. Sadly, Bonny is no longer able to engage in any of the sporting activities which she previously enjoyed.
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