The plaintiff had pain in her lower back and legs which her doctors were unwilling to continue to control by the administration of medication.


She therefore underwent the implantation in her spinal column of a device designed to generate an electrical current that was supposed to block the pain impulses and prevent her from feeling pain. Not only did the device not achieve its desired purpose but the plaintiff was left partially paralyzed and with worse pain than before. The device is now used with much less frequency than it had been before and the surgeons who operated on the plaintiff no longer perform this type of operation.