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Needle found in woman's back after 14 years


Posted on Friday, 30 March, 2018 | Comment icon 7 comments

Fortunately, cases like this are extremely rare. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Alex Proimos
A woman complaining of back pain was found to have a broken epidural needle lodged in her spine.
41-year-old Amy Bright from Florida had started to experience severe back pain and other health problems a few months after giving birth by caesarean section in 2003.

It wasn't until she was given a CT scan following a fall last year that the culprit was discovered - a broken epidural needle that had been lodged in her spine for a staggering 14 years.

The needle had caused severe nerve damage and there is now the distinct possibility of permanent paralysis whether or not the needle is left in or taken out.

Incredibly, it has since been revealed that the hospital had actually known about the needle at the time but had decided not to tell her about it. If it had been removed back then, she would have been fine.

She is now planning to file a lawsuit against the hospital for fraud and medical malpractice.

The case echoes that of an army veteran in Connecticut who in January discovered that a scalpel had been left inside his abdomen for four years after a medical procedure.

Source: Tech Times | Comments (7)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Piney on 29 March, 2018, 12:22
 Somebody on that staff needs criminal charges. It's a shame that the woman has to suffer for the rest of her life. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by UFOwatcher on 30 March, 2018, 14:25
I'm not high on lawsuits but this case deserves one. They knew about the broken needle but how in the world was it missed for 14 years by others? Sue, sue, sue.
Comment icon #3 Posted by OverSword on 30 March, 2018, 15:01
Un-freakin-believable!
Comment icon #4 Posted by ChaosRose on 30 March, 2018, 16:01
Really took great care with that woman, eh? Docs probably also told her for years that it was all in her head.
Comment icon #5 Posted by and then on 30 March, 2018, 17:27
Or, worse yet, called her a "drug seeker" behind her back.
Comment icon #6 Posted by and then on 30 March, 2018, 18:49
That would require demonstrating willful negligence or even malicious intent.  They need to just settle out of court for an amount that includes every DIME of her healthcare expenses over that period, plus a few million for pain and suffering.  During my time as a student, then as a radiologic technologist (X-Ray) I took part in imaging for docs placing epidural needles and I've never heard of this kind of issue before.   There is no way that that doc shouldn't have realized he had a broken needle.  Even with appropriate orthogonal images, it still seems like that needle is actually transversi... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Hawkin on 31 March, 2018, 9:35
The stats are scary on Medical Malpractice Deaths in the US. Over 200,000 a year. You never hear the Bias Media report that.


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