A Frenchwoman gave birth to a latex glove, complete with contractions after a surgeon forgot he'd left them inside her womb while he performed an operation on her earlier. After three days of excruciating pain, the woman claims her body discharged the glove and five compresses.
The 48-year-old who wishes to remain anonymous is now suing the doctor, who despite his profession, showed utter disregard for her life and health. She was operated on last April at a private clinic in Marseille, south of France, for a procedure to stop her heavy flow during menstruation.
They carried out an endometrial-ablation, which is supposed to be a less invasive process to stop menstruation than a hysterectomy. Endometrial-ablation is a "procedure that surgically destroys (ablates) the lining of your uterus (endometrium). The goal of endometrial ablation is to reduce menstrual flow," according to Mayo Clinic. In some women, the blood flow during periods may stop completely after the surgery.
After the operation was carried out on her last April, doctors said: "everything had gone well." However, nothing was as fine as it seemed. The woman was soon suffering from unbearable pain. She found it extremely hard to sleep and even more so to pee.
“I had the feeling someone was stabbing me with a knife in the belly but I thought it was linked to the operation,” she told Le Parisien. “I naturally talked about it with nurses and the surgeon. He told me that I was a lightweight and prescribed painkillers without conducting any extra examinations.” Though even after that, the pain still persisted.
"After three days of atrocious pain in the lower stomach, I started having extremely strong contractions and finally expelled a glove and five compresses." She said the contractions lasted her for hours and left her in "a pool of blood."
When she realized what had happened, she decided to confront the surgeon who she knew was the cause of her misery. However, when she demanded to know how he could be so careless about a patient's life, she was shocked to discover his offhand reaction. The doctor said: "If you're not happy, go ahead and contact my insurance company. I'm very well insured," according to The Telegraph.
“He instantly played down the seriousness of what I’d been through and placed the blame on the nurses saying he delegated a lot of things in the operating theatre. He didn’t apologize," she said.
After the painful experience, the woman was left unable to work for several months. She continues to suffer from urinary tract infections and also at one point required psychological counseling. To top it all, she was shocked about the doctor's insensitive remark and his utter disregard. “He was very disdainful and took the whole thing with a pinch of salt. Everyone makes mistakes, but this attitude drove me to file a legal complaint,” she said.
"Despite my suffering, I was lucky: I could have got septicemia and died. I wouldn't like it to happen to anyone else," she said.
The case continues.
There have been numerous horrific accounts of how patients have been left with surgical gloves, scissors, forceps and even cell phones in their stomachs after an operation. In April 2017, a Californian woman had a surgical procedure at the Shasta Regional Medical Center and now she is suing the hospital.
The victim claims that she was forced to have 18 inches of her small intestine removed because it looped through the handle of an 8-inch surgical forceps left behind by the doctor in the former operation she had undergone.
Sometimes such mistakes on the part of surgeons prove very costly to the patients. In postoperative x-rays it is not surprising that one can hear tales of clamps and other hardware showing up, most often its the gauze or cotton that gets left behind. Often, by the time the foreign object gets discovered the person could have suffered for months or years and infection sets in.
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