Woman stuck by used syringe, possible HIV

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TOMPKINSVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- A Monroe County mother's simple trip to Wal-Mart to buy her son's birthday present ends in horror.

Mary Crawford bought children's sweatpants and later found a used insulin syringe in the pocket.

"And I pulled out a dirty syringe."

Mary Crawford stopped at Wal-Mart Thursday morning after dropping her kids off at school. Her plan was to finish shopping for her son's birthday party.

"I had bought a pair of kid's Mossy Oak, camouflage sweatpants," Crawford said.

Crawford told WBKO she brought the pants home and put them in a gift bag.

"Whenever I pushed down on the pants to make more room for things, I got poked. I drew back, you know, I had a little stick on me. And I was like, well I thought maybe it was a tag or something."

Crawford was wondering what it was that stuck her hand, and when she reached back in the pocket, she pulled out a dirty syringe.

Because there is blood in the insulin syringe, Crawford has to live her life like she has Hepatitis or HIV.

"I had to be tested for HIV and Hepatitis and a drug screening. I have to go back from that in 30 days and be tested again, and again in 6 months from that 30 days."

Crawford says they do not know if the blood in the syringe contained drugs or diseases. Crawford says she was told by police there is nothing they can do right now, because it is not Wal-Mart's fault the needle was placed there.

She says even if they don't find who is responsible, she wants this to be a lesson for everyone.

"It could happen to anybody, anywhere. It's not necessarily just at Wal-Mart. "

Crawford says through at least these next 7 months, she cannot share anything with her husband or children.

"I'm mad at who ever done this, but at the same time, I feel like I should pray for those people because obviously they need some help."

The testing for HIV can even take up to 1 year to be recognized.

WBKO reached out to Wal-Mart and their National Media Relations sent us the following statement via email.

"The safety of our customers is our top priority. We are working with this customer to investigate her claim."



 
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