Women online have reached out to support a first time Pensacola mother in excruciating pain after she had an epidural lodged in her back since June 25, WEAR reports.

Selena Gray has been unable to celebrate the birth of her newborn daughter, Serenity, due to a routine medical procedure that went horribly wrong. The Florida mom went into labor at Sacred Heart Hospital and welcomed Serenity at 7 pounds and 3 ounces.

But something went wrong with her epidural and the issue has even stumped doctors.


Gray told the outlet:

“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.”

The woman received an epidural on Tuesday when she went into labor, then days later doctors were still unable to remove it.

The new mom said:

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

The woman said doctors even went as far as not to touch her unsure of how to deal with the situation. So, in “excruciating pain,” Gray took a six-hour journey in the back of an ambulance to get help at the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.


Since giving birth, Gray was happy to report that on June 28 doctors at the hospital in Gainesville were finally able to remove the epidural from her spine.

She shared the news on Facebook and women shocked by the incident voiced their concerns about the medical procedure after the mishap.

———–Update————I thank everyone for all their prayers and I think God that Shands Hospital was able to…

Posted by Selena Gray on Saturday, June 29, 2019

One commenter wrote:

Thank God you’re ok. I was thinking of you today and wondered if you got it taken out safely. I suspect you will never get another epidural again. I’m sure many women won’t after hearing this.

The epidural debate continues as women weigh the benefits and risks associated with the most popular method of pain relief during labor.


For now, Gray said she’s just focused on getting healthy for her new bundle of joy.

Sacred Heart Hospital has declined to comment on the incident.

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