Many Arizona mothers request epidurals during child birth to limit their pain. Unfortunately, mistakes in administering this form of anesthesia could constitute medical negligence. Recently, a woman in another state indicated that she intends to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the medical center where she gave birth in 2003.
Reportedly, she was admitted to a naval hospital in 2003 to give birth to her sixth child. Doctors delivered her infant via cesarean section, which required the administration of epidural anesthesia into her spine. The woman claims the operation and recovery proceeded without any signs of complications. However, several months after the birth, the mother began to suffer excruciating back pain that traveled down her left leg and into her foot.
After years of debilitating pain and subsequent loss of mobility in her leg, the woman had a CT scan in 2017, which revealed the presence of a one-inch long broken segment of a needle in her body. According to the woman's lawyer, doctors were aware of the broken needle at the time of the birth, but neglected to inform the patient of the complication. She now faces a serious risk of paralysis, regardless of whether she has surgery to remove the needle.
The suit has not yet been filed and neither the medical center nor any of the providers have offered any statements refuting her claims. Both the patient and her attorney claim that any complications could have been avoided if the fragment had been removed at the time of the incident. She now faces the prospect of attempting to manage the nerve damage through medications and therapy. Anyone in Arizona who has suffered harm due to suspected medical malpractice may be entitled to legal recourse through the civil justice system.
Source: techtimes.com, "Broken Epidural Needle Found Stuck In Woman's Spine After 14 Years", Aaron Mamiit, Accessed on April 23, 2018