For most families in Rhode Island, the birth of a child marks the start of a new exciting path in life. However, mistakes made during the delivery process can often create an unexpected path. For a woman in another state, medical malpractice allegedly resulted in a life path filled with pain.
The woman, whose husband is retired from the Navy, was admitted to a naval hospital in Sept. 2003 in order to deliver her now 14-year-old son. However, she claims that since the cesarean delivery, she has experienced pain in her left hip and back as well as sciatica that interfered with her everyday life. For years, she says her pain was misdiagnosed.
However, in Nov. 2017, medical care providers conducted a CT scan, which revealed that a 3-centimeter needle was lodged in her spine. The needle is reportedly partially through the bone and has caused nerve damage that is permanent. Reports indicate that she believes the needle became lodged in her spine when anesthesia was administered just prior to the birth of her son; because it has been in her spine so long, doctors claim that it is too risky now to try to remove it. According to the woman, the doctor who administered the anesthesia would have been aware that part of the 9-centimeter needle broke off because the tips are marked.
Unfortunately, she claims that she is the victim of medical malpractice, fraud and negligent concealment. Even though she now knows the cause of her suffering, she is said to be unable to get any relief. Just like this woman, victims of such negligence in Rhode Island also have the option of filing a civil suit against the parties deemed -- the federal government in this case -- if their claims of harm are not adequately addressed.