A new mother is battling excruciating pain - and possible paralysis - after the epidural she received during childbirth got lodged into her spine.
Selena Gray, of Pensacola, Florida, gave birth to 7.3lb Serenity overnight on June 25.
The delivery went smoothly, but shortly after, doctors at Sacred Heart Hospital noticed the catheter used to inject pain relief into Selena's spine was stuck.
'Basically, my epidural looped itself into my spine,' Gray told WEAR TV.
'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.'
Now, her legs are numb and she struggles to sit, and even after transferring herself to nearby Baptist Hospital, doctors haven't been able to help.
But Gray said she hasn't had a moment to worry about whether she will be left paralyzed, or in chronic pain. She is all-consumed by thinking about her baby, and getting treated as quickly as possible so she can focus her energy on Serenity.
Selena Gray, of Pensacola, Florida, gave birth to 7.3lb Serenity overnight on June 25
Gray said Serenity (pictured) is 'so cute and just alert, she has her big, brown eyes open'
Days later, Gray is still stuck in excruciating pain and facing a risk of paralysis
A complication like Gray's is rare.
An epidural is an injection of pain relief into the spinal canal, administered by a needle or a catheter that is slipped under the skin at the base of the spine.
As a procedure, it is more popular than ever - used by about 71