Doctors accidentally left instrument in patient’s body for five months

Doctors in the hospital in Ivančice, south Moravia, accidentally left a 28-cm (11 in) long surgical instrument in a woman’s body for five months, the TV station Prima reported on Saturday. The woman underwent an operation in the hospital last October. She then complained about terrible pain but the hospital refused to do an additional x-ray so as not to expose her to unnecessary radiation. When they finally re-operated on her last week, they found the instrument in her abdomen. The hospital’s head doctor said he was shocked to find out but blamed the incident on the surgical department’s perioperative nurses. The patient is reportedly going to file a lawsuit and demand compensation.

Author: Jan Richter