In a botched up medical procedure conducted on a patient suffering from appendicitis, doctors left behind a surgical knife in his stomach, only to discover it after a month after he complained of severe stomach and abdominal pain.
The operation was done at the Nellore Government General Hospital. According to a report by the Times of India, hospital sources said that Sireekapu Chalapathi had been suffering from appendicitis for the past few years and upon examination it was found that it had also damaged the intestine. He was operated upon on October 3 when both the appendicitis and the damaged portion of the intestine were removed.
On October 27, the patient returned complaining of stomach pain and he was re-examined. The X-ray report suggested that a huge surgical scissor was left behind in his stomach during the previous operation. He was immediately operated upon, but his condition continues to be critical.
GGH superintendent Dr Sri Hari has ordered an internal inquiry and promised action against those responsible for the lapse.