NBC National News — Five and a half years after a brutal attack, a Florida woman has found a piece of the weapon still inside her shoulder.
Melanie Schweinhardt was stabbed 14 times by her brother in 2006 in Colorado Springs, but doctors just found the remnants of the knife.
"The one went through my face. You can see the scar, it went through my face. And it went straight through my tongue," said Melanie Schweinhardt.
Those scars have healed, along with 13 other stab wounds to Melanie's arm, skull, ankle, and stomach.
The smallest of the wounds turned out to have cut the deepest.
"One here is where the knife is at. I don't know if you can see the scars," she asked.
A two-and-a-half inch blade has been lodged in Melanie's shoulder for the past five-and-a-half years, unnoticed except for the dull pain that never quite went away.
"I'm a tough cookie. After the incident and being in the hospital, I didn't want to go back to the hospital, so I tried to take it as much as I can," she said.
This past Friday the pain got too intense, and when she went to the ER they found the knife that's been there since the attack.
After undergoing dozens of surgeries in Colorado Springs, she's stunned no one ever found the knife, and confused why the hospital there didn't see it in the first place.
"There's no X-Ray of this arm. There's an X-Ray of my chest, my skull, my face," she said.
According to the medical reports, the surgeon explored the wound on her shoulder, and told her they weren't sure where the rest of the knife went.
"In 2006, they only found the tip of the knife, which was in my face," she said.
Now she's contacted a lawyer to figure out what her options are.
Not for the money, she said, but because finding the knife reopened her wounds.
"It's like you're right back to square one," she said.
Her brother is serving a 96-year prison term, both for her attempted murder, and the murder of a Colorado Springs detective, who was shot in the head trying to take him into custody.