3-Inch Knife Removed From Man's Back—After 3 Years
Doctors missed blade in Billy McNeely's back after he was stabbed in 2010
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2013 9:03 AM CDT
A three-inch knife taken from the back of Billy McNeely of the Northwest Territories, Canada, on Monday, March 20, 2013.   (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS, Billy McNeely)

(Newser) – Billy McNeely had been bothered by back pains and a persistent itch for three years, but when he scratched it Monday night, he felt something hard and sharp. His girlfriend poked around and discovered why—it was a knife blade, inside his back. McNeely hightailed it to the emergency room, where doctors took out a three-inch blade, reports the Canadian Press. The 32-year-old Northwest Territories man says he was stabbed five times in April 2010, after a birthday party arm-wrestling match turned ugly. "They stitched me up and bandaged me up," says McNeely. "They never took X-rays."

Unsurprisingly, the wound continued to hurt over the years, and even though McNeely complained about it to doctors, no one ever spotted the metal culprit. McNeely even did some jail time, and while his back set off metal detectors, doctors just assumed he had a small bit of metal embedded there, reports the CBC. "I walked around for close to three years with this thing in my back," McNeely says, adding that he's considering legal action. "They brushed me off."

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Mar 26, 2013 3:39 PM CDT
Yeah, same thing happens in the UK; patients not treated, told that it's all in their heads, no scans or tests. This is what socialized healthcare is like. The medicos and everyone else gets paid and the patients get nothing.
Mar 23, 2013 3:07 PM CDT
Socialized health care at its best. And it's coming to the United States (Obamacare). It's not surprising he didn't have an infection since the blade was stainless steel. What probably happened was it slowly backed out over three years. And it's no surprise CANADA health care didn't catch it. They WILL NOT spend their money to give you an Xray. There was a man with a suspected BRAIN TUMOR who was refused - he was told to wait 6 months for an MRI. He traveled to the U.S. and paid for one himself. He DID have a tumor that left untreated for 6 months would have definitely killed him. He took the MRI back to Canada, got his operation, then asked for reimbursement for the U.S. MRI. They told him to go pound sand since he didn't file beforehand for an expedited MRI. No matter that he would have died while waiting for the paperwork to be reviewed. I have a relative who is a Canadian citizen. She needs a knee replacement. Canada told her that it doesn't matter that she can't walk, that it's ELECTIVE surgery because it's not life-threatening. So they scheduled her - for 18-months from now. Pay attention, U.S. liberals who voted for Obama - the same thing is going to happen to you! Thank you for destroying what WAS the best medical care in the world.
Mar 23, 2013 2:58 AM CDT
yup best health care in the world , IF you can afford it , nice catch quacks .