Woman says Florida hospital left needle in her spine for 14 years

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A woman who gave birth more than a decade ago is suing a Florida hospital after she claims employees left a piece of needle in her spine during an epidural.

In September 2003, Amy Bright delivered her youngest son at Naval Hospital Jacksonville.  She says she has felt chronic back pain ever since.

“It feels like fire, like a poker next to my tailbone,” Bright told 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.”

Bright says the hospital initially diagnosed her with sciatica, but four months ago, a CT scan from another hospital revealed a three-centimeter segment of needle lodged in her spine.  

“I was so mad that they hid this from me,” Bright said. 

Bright’s attorney Sean Cronin filed a lawsuit against the federal government on her behalf alleging medical malpractice, fraud and negligent concealment by the hospital’s staff.  

“It’s documented in her medical records that they had an unsuccessful spinal needle attempt at Naval Hospital Jacksonville in September of 2003,” Cronin said. “So no one else put a needle in her back.”

Given that surgery to remove the needle is extremely risky, Bright will likely have to live the rest of her life with a needle in her back.  She says the pain is getting worse over time.

A judge will decide if she is entitled to any damages.  

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