A little girl of six is facing an agonising wait of SIX MONTHS to find out if she has contracted HIV after sitting on a hypodermic needle left on a train seat.
Khia Green felt a stabbing pain in her right thigh as she sat down on the seat on a Southeastern Railway train.
Her 42-year-old mum Georgina told reporters that Khia had felt something dig in her leg just after the family boarded the train. She said that she was 'shaking' when she picked the needle up and realised what it was.
"I've not been able to sleep properly since it happened. My worst fear is she doesn't get the all-clear," added the mum-of-seven from Kemsley, Kent.
The cover of the needle was found on the floor under the table where the family had been sitting.
A plastic tube filled with clear fluid was also found down the side of the window seat.
She said: "We put the tube in a cup and I took it to the hospital where they said they were going to try and find out what it was."
Khia was taken to St Thomas's Hospital, Westminster, where she was given an injection against hepatitis B and blood was taken.
She will have to have another two vaccinationations and undergo more blood tests in March and June.
Southeastern sent a bunch of flowers to the family home the next day.
Miss Green said: "I've not had so much as a letter or a phone call. The flowers are not enough.
"I'm going to find out if there is any legal action I can take."
A Southeastern spokesman said: "We're sorry that this distressing situation has occurred, and our sympathies are with the child and of course her family.
"As soon as this was reported to our staff we began an internal investigation."
What a horrible experience for the little girl to go through.
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