It’s no secret that giving birth is painful. And as if bringing another human into the world wasn’t hard enough, sometimes there are unforeseen complications. One woman recently found an epidural needle lodged in her spine — 14 years after giving birth to her youngest child.
Amy Bright of Jacksonville, Florida, told local news station First Coast News that after she gave birth to her youngest son in September 2003, she began to feel sharp pain in her back and legs. But the pain didn’t stop; instead it persisted for the next 14 years.
In November, after moving to Texas with her family, Bright decided to get a CT scan, which revealed a three-centimeter fragment of epidural needle that was stuck in her spine. On March 22nd, she filed a medical malpractice suit against the Naval Hospital Jacksonville, where she had delivered her son.
Bright’s lawyer, Sean Cronin, said that he was “speechless” that no one had told Bright about the needle.
Unfortunately, Bright will likely have to live with the epidural needle in her back for the rest of her life because doctors have said that surgery to remove it would be too dangerous.
Complications from childbirth are scary, but they do happen, and unfortunately, it can be difficult to get treatment for these complications. But we need to listen to women when they say they’re in pain. No one deserves to live life with an epidural needle in their spine.