From an article in the local paper:
A woman whose belly button ring was missing after she underwent knee surgery is suing [name of hospital] for $125,000 because she says a nurse must have inappropriately touched her and removed the piercing.
Yes, you read that right. A woman is suing a local hospital for her missing belly button ring. She’s complaining of negligence, assault and battery.
According to the article, the woman went in for knee surgery in June 2014. A (male) nurse helped prepare her for surgery by inventorying her personal affects (including body rings). Apparently, the nurse made a “disturbing and sexually suggestive” comment related to the fact she didn’t have any “nipple rings.”
She underwent the surgery without being asked to remove the belly button ring.
After being discharged, while taking a bath the next day, she discovered the ring (which she had worn for several years without removal) was missing.
She asserts that while she was unconscious, the nurse “wrongfully touched her belly” and removed the ring.
The lawsuit claims she has suffered and will suffer “physical and psychological injuries, including but not limited to, depression, anxiety, shame, guilt, fear, nightmares and reduced trust in medical professionals.”
I kid you not.