Patient Sues After Doctor Leaves Forceps Inside Her Body

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Talk about a post-op complication: a California woman is suing the doctor who performed a surgical procedure on her and the hospital where it took place after she allegedly discovered that an 8-inch pair of forceps was left inside of her body.

The woman, identified as Mary Harber, filed suit against the Shasta Regional Medical Center and a Redding doctor claiming medical negligence, the Record Searchlight reported. She claims she was forced to have 18 inches of her small intestine removed after “it looped through the handle of an 8-inch surgical forceps” left in her abdomen.

The nightmare began last spring, when Harber went to the hospital for what should have been a fairly routine procedure to remove a benign tumor from her abdomen, said her lawyer, Michelle Jenni. About six weeks later, the 52-year-old began experiencing severe pain in her back, kidney, and abdomen and was forced to return to an emergency room for treatment.

That’s when doctors discovered that she still had the forceps inside her body. Harber had to undergo another surgery – performed by Dr. Richard Mooney, who is named in the suit and was involved in the original surgery to remove the tumor – to get the offending implement out. She is now recovering from the procedures.

While Harber’s suit did not specify an amount in damages she sought to receive, she asked the hospital and the doctor to cover the medical and incidental expenses, as well as loss of earnings, she suffered as a result of the error. It also requested unspecified damages for the loss of comfort and support to Harber’s husband, Jacob Harber.

On the other side of the Pond, a British woman whom doctors diagnosed with Crohn’s disease turned out to have actually had a ketchup packet stuck in her intestines for six years that was causing her excruciating symptoms.

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