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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.

Proof: https://imgur.com/a/V1n3B

EDIT: Pic of needle in my arm when I arrived at hospital: https://imgur.com/a/ZBFBw

Q:

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?

A:

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.


Q:

Have you lawyered up yet? If not, you should.

A:

It seems like there's not much of a case since it didn't prevent me from working but I'm going to look into it anyway.


Q:

I would definitely ask for money back on original surgery and ER visit. Take care of it yourself and forget the lawyer. You will end up mentally better. I did.

A:

Yeah lol I payed $800 dollars for a needle in my arm.


Q:

Why did you need stitches?

A:

self harm. i could have done the stitches myself at home but i thought maybe i should try to start treating my body a little better and get it done by a professional. it turns out I would have done a better job myself.


Q:

Did it negatively affect your healing? Your quality of life? Your ability to engage with school/work/family? If no, then just thank them for pulling the thing out. The doc will be reprimanded, but you’ll never be told that.

A:

It certainly hurt a lot, but no serious damage. So there's no agency or database to report to that tracks incidents like this? TBH the place I had it done fucks up like this all the time, I wish there was something that could be done about it.


Q:

Is it the entire needle? Or just the tip that broke off?

A:

It was the entire needle, they come attached to the string but the string had been cut.


Q:

Can you show us the scar where the doctor stitched you up?

A:

You can see pretty much the whole thing in the second pic I added where the needle is sticking out.