Skip To Content
BuzzFeed News Home Reporting To You

Utilizamos cookies, próprios e de terceiros, que o reconhecem e identificam como um usuário único, para garantir a melhor experiência de navegação, personalizar conteúdo e anúncios, e melhorar o desempenho do nosso site e serviços. Esses Cookies nos permitem coletar alguns dados pessoais sobre você, como sua ID exclusiva atribuída ao seu dispositivo, endereço de IP, tipo de dispositivo e navegador, conteúdos visualizados ou outras ações realizadas usando nossos serviços, país e idioma selecionados, entre outros. Para saber mais sobre nossa política de cookies, acesse link.

Caso não concorde com o uso cookies dessa forma, você deverá ajustar as configurações de seu navegador ou deixar de acessar o nosso site e serviços. Ao continuar com a navegação em nosso site, você aceita o uso de cookies.

This Mom Discovered She Had A Needle In Her Spine 14 Years After Giving Birth

Amy Bright had her son at Naval Hospital Jacksonville in 2003, which is when she says the needle was left in her body.

Posted on March 30, 2018, at 2:06 p.m. ET

This Florida mom said she's had the tip of a spinal needle lodged in her spine for 14 years and didn't even know it.

News4JAX / Via news4jax.com

Amy Bright gave birth to her son via C-section in 2003 at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, where she received spinal anesthesia. She started experiencing pain in her back soon after, leading to years of medication and misdiagnoses.

“It feels like fire, like a poker next to my tailbone,” Bright said, according to First Coast News. “And then on occasion, it shoots down the left side of my leg on my calf, like my calf side, and then down and into my foot.”

It wasn't until she got a CT scan last November, she said, that she found out the pain was caused by part of a needle, which was about 3 centimeters, or an inch long. Two centimeters of the needle are in the space surrounding her spinal cord, and Bright is now suing the hospital for malpractice.

"It’s just devastating, it’s absolutely wrong what they did to me," Bright said at a press conference. "Who doesn’t tell you? Who does that?"

When asked for comment, Naval Hospital Jacksonville directed BuzzFeed News to the Justice Department, which declined to comment at this time.

It's too risky to remove the needle, reported News4Jax, so Bright will be on pain medications indefinitely.

Sean B. Cronin

"The needle is actually touching the nerve that leads to my left leg, so imagine going through daily [life], walking down the road, not knowing if you’re going to fall," Bright.

"If it just moves a little bit I could be paralyzed."

Bright's lawyer, Sean B. Cronin, told People magazine that experts determined that doctors must have known something went wrong.

"These needles are about 9 or 10 centimeters and they have a tip on the end that the provider is supposed to inspect to make sure they have the whole needle. They knew this was in her, according to our experts, because so much of the needle was missing. And the safety tip is still in her," he told People.

In a press conference, Cronin — who specializes in medical malpractice — said he's never seen anything like it.

"I've never seen a piece of needle that's broken off and left in someone’s spine," he said.

"It's outrageous."

Dr. McCallum R. Hoyt, chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Obstetric Anesthesia, told BuzzFeed News that she's never encountered a spinal needle break before, but the potential complications would depend on where the needle is located.

She also clarified that the case did not involve an epidural needle, as some outlets have reported, but a spinal needle, and that she couldn't comment on Bright's case specifically. Epidural needles are not inserted into the fluid surrounding the spinal cord, while spinal needs are inserted into that space.

"The anesthesia provider should be mindful of the construction of the needle and not be overly aggressive in advancing it if there is a great deal of resistance," she told BuzzFeed News. "The difference in advancing through ligament vs. bone is easily detectable."

Bright's lawyer, Cronin, did not respond to BuzzFeed News' request for comment.

BuzzFeed News’ FinCEN Files investigation exposed massive financial corruption on a historic global scale. Want to support our journalism? Become a BuzzFeed News member.

ADVERTISEMENT