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Contraceptive coil miss causes 25 years of pain

TT/Rebecca Martin · 13 Jul 2011, 08:25

Published: 13 Jul 2011 08:25 GMT+02:00

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“I decided to get an intra-uterine device (IUD) against unwanted pregnancy in the mid 1980’s,” the anonymous woman told the local paper Östersunds Länstidning.

But after getting the coil in place the woman started to feel bad and she suspected she was pregnant. After a home pregnancy test confirmed that the woman had conceived, she decided to keep the baby.

But a few months into the pregnancy the woman had a miscarriage. She started bleeding heavily and upon arrival to the local hospital she subseqnthly miscarried.

“At the hospital I told the nurses that I had got pregnant despite my IUD, but it was as if they didn’t belive me. When I asked where the coil was now, they said that there was nothng left and that it must have gone down the toilet,” the woman told the paper.

The woman, who thought that was an odd answer, felt as if the staff were making fun of her.

After a few days in the hospital, the woman was discharged and went home.

But in the 25 years that followed she has suffered from recurrent bleeds with pain and “pins and needles” in her back. Despite trying for a baby several times, the woman never conceived again.

Despite seeking medical advice on numerous occasions, it wasn’t until this year that a new midwife decided to make a more rigourous examination.

When test results came back showing no cancer, the midwife sent the woman for an x-ray and after a quarter of a century, the coil was discovered, lodged in the woman’s lower abdomen.

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The woman is now reporting the incident to the Medical Responsibility Board (Hälso- och Sjukvårdens AnsvarsnämndHSAN). She wants both satisfaction and financial compensation.

“The health services must take their patients more seriously. There is always a reason why you seek medical advice,” she told Östersunds Länstidning.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:34 July 13, 2011 by JulieLou40
My God, that is awful, and clearly the reason why she never had a baby. Probably too late for her now. Sue their asses off, lady!!
10:55 July 13, 2011 by jacquelinee
That is the great Swedish medical system for you. Poor woman, I have been misdiagnosed twice here with pretty serious problems. I hope she sues and gets compensated, but quite frankly they will BS their way out of it because THAT aspect of the Swedish medical system is perfect. She might as well go bang her head against the wall, either way, all she will end up with is a huge headache.
12:02 July 13, 2011 by Dazzler
Diagnostic medicine here is a freeking joke.
19:20 July 13, 2011 by The_Truthisbitter
surely the Swedish Doctor who did this 25 F...cking years ago didnt learn enough Swedish in Med school ??? Lol
19:35 July 13, 2011 by travels
Absolutely ridiculous, in almost any country (in the US is the first thing that would get done) she would have gotten an x-ray the very first time, 25 years ago, and in all of the numerous occasions she went for medical advice. An IUD always shows up in an x-ray, is a very simple thing to check and detect, I work in the field and cannot believe that in 25 years nobody ordered a simple x-ray. She should most definitely sue.
21:34 July 13, 2011 by axiom
It seems to me that this kind of madness happens too often in the medical world.

A patient who has had those symptoms for 25 years is a gross miscarriage (ignore pun) of the profession. Didn't someone, somewhere pause to think that her symptoms were highly unusual esp after aspirins didnt help.

Cmon, it is said the best of the best get into Med School, I have had conversations with doctors that have made me rethink this.
22:23 July 13, 2011 by dizzymoe33
This is very sad and the fact she even told them she had an IUD put in and they still didn't check to see if it had shifted or moved. Her doctor OBGYN should have realized the problem and took an x-ray to double check the woman's complaints. How sad for her.
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