French Woman Shocked To Find Scissors Inside Body After C-Section Operation

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By Reissa Su | December 24, 2013 1:05 PM EST

An unidentified French woman has been complaining of pain in her stomach weeks after she gave birth to her child via cesarian section. She returned to the hospital to seek medical help and was shocked to know that a pair of scissors has been left inside her body the whole time.

A French local paper reported that the woman delivered her baby via C-section at Rouen University Hospital on Nov. 5. She felt pain for six and half weeks after being discharged from the hospital.

The patient went back and had her body scanned upon the advice of her doctor. The new mother was shocked to see the scans showing scissors inside her body. She blamed the doctors who performed the C-section.

Fortunately, the pair of scissors was removed successfully. The doctor responsible apologized and accepted his mistake.

However, it was reported that the woman and her husband are planning to file a formal complaint since the woman was not the first victim to suffer the negligence of having an object left inside the body after an operation.

UK Hospital Blunders

In the UK, four patients had a "foreign object" left inside their bodies after an operation while two patients had surgery in the wrong parts of their bodies. The health chief has called the attention of four trusts in Yorkshire for incidents that have become "completely unacceptable."

Prof. Normal Williams, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said a surgery safety taskforce is expected to finalize its review by the end of the year. This is the first time NHS England has released details on unfortunate incidents in hospitals.

The most common mistake across England is the failure of doctors to remove swabs and other objects like wires, needles and throat packs. About 148 patients were harmed, including a patient who mistakenly received heart surgery and a woman who was supposed to have her appendix removed but woke up to know her fallopian tube was gone.

In other cases, patients have died from neglect due to the failure of monitoring oxygen levels. A woman died from heavy bleeding during a scheduled cesarian operation.

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