Michael O'Sullivan had a liver transplant at Addensbrooke's Hospital in the U.K., but about three weeks after the procedure he started to experience pain. He went back to the hospital and doctors performed CT scans to see if they could find a problem. What they found was definitely a surprised them and O'Sullivan.
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BBC reports the CT scans revealed a surgical tool called a lapromat inside the transplant patient's body. The hospital's investigation shows the error occurred because someone failed to correctly record that the instrument was being used.
Therefore doctors weren't able to check to make sure all instruments were accounted for.
"The normal rule is — count in, count out," said Paul Sankey, a lawyer representing O'Sullivan, to the Daily Mail. "The root cause was said to be theRead More »from Gaffe of the Week: Doctors accidentally leave surgical tool inside patient