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medical malpractice lawsuit alleges surgical sponge left in patient

After undergoing stomach surgery in August 2004, it was discovered a sponge was left in a man’s stomach causing him extreme pain and agony. The man died of pancreatic cancer a year later, unable to undergo chemotherapy due to his weakened condition – the result of the sponge.

To avoid a potential conflict of interest, a retired judge will hear the $1.75 million medical malpractice lawsuit against Sentara Obici Hospital filed by the estate of the man, a former judge.

The judge served in the 5th judicial district and the current bench recused themselves from the case to avoid a conflict of interest.

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