08/11/2015 17:17 EDT | Updated 08/11/2016 01:12 EDT

Man who found knife blade in back three years after stabbing files lawsuit

YELLOWKNIFE — A man from the Northwest Territories has filed a lawsuit against health officials claiming they failed to find a knife blade buried in his back for three years.

Billy McNeely has said that he went to the health centre in Fort Good Hope following a fight at a house party in 2010.

Staff stitched him up and sent him home, although he continued to have back pain and set off metal detectors.

The lawsuit says McNeely returned to the health centre and later visited the Yellowknife hospital with recurring pain, but nothing was found.

In 2013, after McNeely woke up in bed to find something poking out of his back, doctors dug out a blade measuring seven centimetres long.

The lawsuit names the Sahtu Health and Social Services Authority, the Stanton Territorial Health Authority, four doctors and two unknown nurses.

None of the allegations has been proven in court.

Statements of defence from the doctors, recently filed in court, say they weren't working at the health centre when McNeely came in with stab wounds. Two argue that they gave treatment advice to nurses over the phone.

They all say they provided "competent medical care."


The Canadian Press