HealthIamA person who just pulled a needle out of their arm, turns out a doctor left it inside me, AMA!
Feb 27th 2018 by mew8 • 7 Questions • 35 Points
Last weekend I thought I was popping a pimple on my arm when I thought I felt something sharp scratching my nail, but it kept disappearing. I kept picking at it until I saw the tip sticking out and grabbed some tweezers and pulled and saw a pointed curved piece of metal starting to come out of my arm. Apparently an emergency room doctor who gave me stitches left it inside me. It was in my arm for 13 months.
EDIT: Pic of needle in my arm when I arrived at hospital: https://imgur.com/a/ZBFBw
Hope you're okay; it sounds like an awful experience! What's your feelings towards the doctor? Are you angry or do you accept that it may have been a mistake?
I feel upset. I remember while he was doing it I felt that he was treating me rudely and not providing an adequate level of care. I think he judged me for the reason I was there and gave poor treatment because of it.
My three theories are that it was the first stitch in the row and when he cut the string to finish the stitch it flew into the wound horizontally and he just closed the wound around it. Or it was the last stitch in the row and he stuck it in to start a stitch and forgot and left it in there. Or it was on purpose because he was pissed and wanted to teach me a lesson since he seemed annoyed that I was wasting his time and hospital resources. As far as I can tell from my research they are supposed to count at the end of procedures like that to make sure all the needles are accounted for so obviously the count was incorrect regardless of what actually happened.