In Northeast Vietnam, a new media report shows that a man had been carrying a pair of surgical forceps inside his stomach for 18 years. Removed by a team of surgeons from the Thai Nguyen hospital, 54-year old Ma Van Nhat found out that he had been carrying a lodged object in one side of his abdomen.
In the report, the surgeons said that they found out about Nhat's condition after he had gone through a surgical operation following a road accident. On the other hand, another test from the Bac Khan hospital near the patient's home confirmed that there was a broken pair of 15-centimeter surgical forceps, also known as a pean, inside his body.
|Surgical scissors / Photo by: areeya via 123RF|
Based on the report, Bac Khan hospital had been the same institute that operated on Nhat when he underwent an initial operation after a road accident that had occurred in 1998. Nhat believes that the surgeons may have left the object when they were stitching him up.
After his surgery in 1998, Nhat explained that he felt a mild but long-lasting pain in his abdomen. However, when he went to the clinic, the health professionals diagnosed him with ulcer and suggested that he take pain medication in order to cure the pain. From that point, Nhat reveals that he has been taking pain-relief medicine ever since.
|Stomachache / Photo by: 9nong via 123RF|
Even though the Bac Khan hospital acknowledged the incident on national television, the institute said that it would be difficult for them to identify the medical crew responsible for the incident since they only keep their patient records for 15 years.
“We are trying to find out who was in the operation crew, and even if they are already retired, we will still inform them about the incident that took place during their career,” explains Trinh Thi Luong, Bac Khan hospital's director. “This is a lesson to all doctors, especially to surgeons who are working with surgical equipment, this is a valuable experience.”
A hospital in Vietnam / Photo by: Phan Minh Tuấn via Wikimedia Commons