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Florida woman has epidural stuck in her back for days

Epidural stuck in Selena Gray's back.
Selena Gray
Posted at 5:17 AM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 06:54:19-04

PENSACOLA, Fla. — (WEAR/CNN) - A routine medical procedure went horribly wrong, causing a Florida woman to have an epidural stuck in back for days.

Selena Gray of Pensacola has had an epidural lodged in her back since June 25.

"It's excruciating pain," said Gray.

Gray went into labor at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, giving birth to a 7.3 pound baby named Serenity on June 26.

But perhaps the most memorable moment in this new mother's life has been tainted by what happened after she gave birth.

"Basically, my epidural looped itself into my spine," said Gray. "It's in a knot in my spine and they've been trying to tug at it and tug at it and I haven't been able to get up or move or do anything."

Feeling helpless, Gray checked herself out of Sacred Heart Hospital and transferred to Baptist Hospital, a few miles away.

Doctors there have been hesitant to even touch her.

Epidural stuck in Selena Gray's back.
Epidural stuck in Selena Gray's back.

"They just keep telling me, 'In all my years, I haven't seen anything like this.' So basically, they're just as shocked as I am," said Gray.

Now, Gray is heading to Gainesville to University of Florida Health Shands Hospital -- a six-hour journey in the back of an ambulance.

Once she gets there, Gray isn't even sure what to expect. With numbness already in her legs, she said she is not thinking about the worst-case scenario: paralysis. She is just focused on getting help and getting home to her new bundle of joy.

"She's so cute and just alert, she has her big, brown eyes open," said Gray. "She's the best, she really can just make you so happy and I just want to be home with her."

Representatives at Sacred Heart and Baptist Hospitals declined to comment for this story.

Courtesy WEAR via CNN Newsource