Doctors remove surgical scissors 18 years after being left inside patient’s stomach

A team of surgeons at a hospital in northeast Vietnam have removed a pair of surgical forceps from inside a man’s stomach, where they had been lodged and left to rust for 18 years, state media has reported.

An ultrasound test last month at Thai Nguyen hospital, where 54-year-old Ma Van Nhat had gone for treatment following a road accident, revealed an object lodged in one side of his abdomen.

Another test at Bac Kan hospital near his home confirmed that there was in fact a 15 centimetre pair of surgical forceps, also known as a pean, that had broken in two stuck inside his body.

Bac Kan hospital was the same institution that operated on Nhat following another road accident in 1998, and Nhat says he believes surgeons there left the object behind before stitching him up.

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