01 Aug '11, 4am

Australian woman sues doctor, claims he left grapefruit-sized surgical sponge in her body after operation in 1992

SYDNEY - AN AUSTRALIAN woman who lived for more than 15 years with a grapefruit-sized surgical sponge sewn inside her after abdominal surgery was to sue her doctor for negligence, a report said on Monday. Helen O'Hagan claims the sponge was left in her abdominal cavity by surgeon Samuel Sakker during a 1992 colectomy, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. She suffered cramps, fevers and loss of bowel control but attributed it to the long-running health issues that landed her in hospital to begin with, and did not discover the sponge until an October 2007 x-ray. During that time the sponge 'became encapsulated in dense fibrous adhesions within a sac of fluid", the Herald said. It was removed by a different surgeon on the same day that it was found. Ms O'Hagan won the right to sue Dr Sakker for negligence or breach of contract over the incident, despite the now-retired doc...

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