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

(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."

A three-inch knife taken from the back of Billy McNeely of the Northwest Territories, Canada, on Monday, March 20, 2013.
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)
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