Scissors Pulled From Man’s Stomach 18 Years
After Surgery . A patient had one of the medical surgery tools forgotten in his body system for years after undergoing treatment.
A man has had scissors removed from his abdomen which were left behind during surgery 18 years ago, after reporting a stomach ache that was nearly two decades in the making.
Ma Van Nhat, 54-year old Vietnamese, underwent
surgery in 1998 after a car accident and only recently
discovered that doctors had left an unwelcome gift behind when they closed him up.
Doctors discovered the 15-centimetre (six-inch) scissors near his colon after a recent ultrasound.
He had a three-hour operation at the weekend to remove the scissors, according to Ngo Trung Thang, deputy head of general affairs at Gang Thep Thai Nguyen hospital, 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Hanoi.
“He is recovering well,” Thang told a reporter on
Tuesday. Nhat had spent nearly two decades “eating, drinking and having a pretty normal life”, according to Suc Khoe va Doi Song news site, the official mouthpiece of Vietnam’s health ministry.
The ultrasound that discovered the scissors only came
about after Nhat reported stomach pains.
Officials said they were searching for the doctors who
performed surgery in Bac Kan province in 1998, but have not yet tracked down any culprits.