Scalpel left in body for 23 years

Posted on May 1, 2007 

Scalpel left in body for 23 years

A Brazilian woman is set to sue a hospital after discovering the cause of her 23-year-old stomach ache was a scalpel left in her body.

The 5cm scalpel was found in Maria Abadia Dias’ lower abdomen after doctors took an X-ray.

Doctors at a public hospital in Campos Belos left the surgical instrument there in 1984, when she gave birth through a C-section.

Ms Dias, 47, of Goiania, is contemplating legal action after the scalpel is removed later this month.

She said: “Doctors always told me that I had nothing and that it was only a question of age.”

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from Ananova

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