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Did Woman Make Up Story About Surgeons Leaving Camera Inside Her?

Published: October 23, 2017

FEINED OBJECT Lacrystal Lockett accused her surgeons at Emory University Hospital of leaving a camera inside her.

It now appears that the camera that a woman claims her surgeons left inside her during an organ transplant was a feigned object, not a retained object.

Lacrystal Lockett of Stone Mountain, Ga., filed a suit against Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., alleging her 3 transplant surgeons left behind a camera during her kidney and pancreatic transplant on Dec. 17, 2014. She claimed the object was found the following June during an exam at the hospital, and that she had to undergo another surgery to get it removed. The story grabbed national headlines.

But last week Ms. Lockett's lawyers dropped the lawsuit, admitting that Emory never left a camera in her body or had to remove one. The hospital's attorney had already punched a huge hole in Ms. Lockett's story: Cameras aren't used in kidney and pancreatic transplants at the hospital.

"No evidence to substantiate the plaintiff's claims — medical records, photographs, the alleged camera itself, eyewitness testimony or any other evidence — ever was produced," says Emory's lawyer, Anna Fretwell, in a statement. "Instead, the plaintiff and her lawyers admitted that Emory never left a camera in her body or had to remove one and then dropped the lawsuit."

Ms. Lockett's lawyers did not respond to requests for comment.

Brielle Gregory

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