Surgical needle in woman’s abdomen in 9 years removed

A 34-year-old woman in the north-central province of Ha Tinh has been removed a 4-cm surgical needle from her abdomen after it was carelessly left there by local doctors when she underwent a Caesarean delivery in October, 2005.

Nguyen Thi Hoa suffered pain in her back and abdomen after the Caesarean delivery though the incision has closed. Her family accordingly took her to medical clinics for checking but it has not abated.

She at last hospitalized to the Can Loc General Hospital on November 4 after she had suffered a pain inside her abdomen for nine years. Doctors of the Can Loc General Hospital gave the woman an X-ray test and said that there could be a surgical needle in her belly and that another X-ray should be made for confirmation.

On next day, Hoa arrived at the Cua Dong Hospital in the central province of Nghe An for another X-ray test that clearly showed a curved needle inside her abdomen, in the location where doctors at Can Loc Hospital performed an emergency surgery on her uterus that was ruptured nine years ago, when she was six months into pregnancy.

The Can Loc General Hospital is continuing investigation of the case to verify the responsibility.

By Duong Quang – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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