A woman had a part of an epidural needle in her spine for 14 years


It was a C-section delivery. A CT scan revealed a 3cm-long chunk of needle buried in her spine. It caused extensive nerve damage, leaving Amy Bright with limited use of her left leg and foot. Amy has been told she could be permanently paralysed whether or not the needle is removed now. „I’m probably going to be in a wheelchair. It’s scary because I don’t know.I don’t know what my future holds. I’m very paranoid and scared,” she declared. She will have to rely on pain medication and physical therapy to manage the damage for the rest of her life.


Because her suffering she is now attempting to sue the hospital where she gave birth, Florida’s Naval Hospital, claiming staff knew the needle had broken off but neglected to do anything about it, even though the damage could have been avoided. Amy has six children, the last is now 15-year-old. Such incidents in the hospitals are rare but sometimes things happen. At least 14 lawsuits have been filed against the hospital since 2005. The hospital has paid an estimated almost $45 million in settlements and awards directed by judges.


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