Two months after welcoming her youngest son, Jacob, via caesarean section in 2003, Florida mum Amy Bright began experiencing severe back pain.
Over 14 years, the pain led to nerve damage, which doctors diagnosed as sciatica. The pain has made it progressively more difficult for the mother-of-six to use her left leg and foot.
Over the years she has seen countless doctors who have prescribed her muscle relaxants and pain killers to help with her pain, but Amy fears for her future.
“It has gotten to the point where it just burns constantly. I’m very scared of my future,” Amy, now 41 and living in Illinois, told PEOPLE Magazine.
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“I’m probably going to be in a wheelchair. It’s scary because I don’t know.”
But in November of last year, Amy made a shock discovery when a CT scan revealed the real cause of Amy’s severe pain: a portion of a needle, used to give her an epidural during Jacob’s birth, had become lodged in her spine.
“I was absolutely livid and upset and scared,” Amy told PEOPLE.
"Every time I move and walk and bend and twist and sleep, that needle moves inside my spine. For 14 years, I've been creating scar tissue in my spine from this needle moving.
According to Amy's attorney, Sean Cronin, three centimetres of the spinal needle is lodged in the mum's spine, with two of those centimetres "directly buried into the bone".
Amy and Sean believe the needle broke off and became "trapped" in her spine while the spinal anaesthesia was being administered before Jacob's birth. The pair are now suing the hospital staff for fraud and malpractice claiming they knew the needle remained in Amy's body but "did nothing about it".
"These needles are about 9 or 10 centimetres and they have a tip on the end that the provider is supposed to inspect to make sure they have the whole needle," Cronin told PEOPLE.
"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."
Cronin believes the decision to not remove needle straight away "took way any chance" that Amy's condition could improve. Doctors have told the mum that removing the needle at this late stage could leave her paralysed.
"There was a golden window of opportunity for them to remove the needle. By them not disclosing what had happened, it took that chance away from her," he said.
The hospital where Jacob was born and the incident occurred have not yet responded to PEOPLE's request for comment.
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