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Lawsuit Says Surgeons Left Gauze in Patient

A victim has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after piece of gauze allegedly left behind in a patient after surgery required a follow-up procedure to remove it. The victim filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital and two doctors. Also, the victim contends that she only learned through medical records this year while the gauze was left eight years ago. The woman underwent a surgical procedure on her liver in 2000. Two weeks later she was admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of an intra-abdominal abscess. This is an infection inside the belly area. During that procedure, they found gauze under the connective tissue that runs throughout the body. She maintains she did not find out about the gauze until obtaining medical records from the hospital this year. Before she found the record, she had no reason to believe a foreign body had been in her abdomen. Disclosing medical errors is one of the biggest issues for medical malpractice reform. To read more about the gauze error, please click the link.