Needle left in woman's vagina for 50 years
July 30 2003
A Taiwanese woman, who suffered sharp pain for more than 50 years whenever she had sex, was found to have a needle in her vagina.
A recent examination at a hospital found the rusty sewing needle.
It had been left inside the woman's vagina by a midwife 53 years ago after a caesarean birth.
"She has suffered so much all these years - all because of the carelessness of the midwife," the United Evening News quoted Dr Chen Yi-jen, from the Tri-Services Hospital, as saying.
Dr Chen said the 73-year-old woman gave birth by caesarean section in 1949.
After the operation, the midwife sewed up the wound with a needle, but accidentally left it inside.
"The woman said she heard the midwife murmur, 'Where is the needle?' The midwife looked for it on the floor, but did not find it. Later she forgot about it," Dr Chen said.
"She visited several doctors, but they did not find anything wrong with her. Recently she came to our hospital, and we gave her a CT (computed tomography) scan, and saw a needle in her vagina," he said.
Doctors removed the needle, which was rusty and dark. The woman is recovering.
Yeah, I guess it would.
Jul 31, '03
Variations of this story have been noted on urban legend boards for a while.
The needle was found in the vagina? from a Csection. One would think that if it was from the CS, wouldn't it probably be in the Uterus, not the vagina. If it was in the vagina, it would need to be imbedded in the wall to not be flushed out. How did it get that far down and imbedded. And if it was rusted, why no sign of infection?? And how did she go 50 years like this with no intervention until now?
I suppose that it could be true, but this story has more holes in it than swiss cheese. Is there a reputable link, perhaps?
Last edit by caroladybelle on Jul 31, '03