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A woman in Hyderabad went through extreme pain for three months before an x-ray revealed that there was a surgical forceps in her abdomen that doctors forgot after surgery.

The mistake came to light when the patient Maheshwari Chowdary (33) of Mangalhat area in Hyderabad, returned to the same hospital Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) Hyderabad, on Friday with persistent abdominal pain.

An X-ray of her abdomen revealed that a pair of artery forceps (a scissors-like instrument used by surgeons to remove tissues and hold internal parts during surgery), was there in her stomach.

Accusing the doctors of their criminal negligence in conducting surgeries, relatives of the patient on Saturday staged a dharna in front of the hospital and demanded action against the surgeons who botched up the surgery.

The doctors said they would conduct another surgery to remove the instrument from Maheshwari‘s abdomen. They ensured that they would take care of her health.

Director of NIMS Dr K Manohar said “Maheswari had been admitted to the hospital with severe abdominal pain on October 28 and had undergone a surgery for hernia in the first week of November. She was discharged on November 12.”

Mahadev, a close relative of the patient told media that a few days after returning home, Maheshwari started feeling pain in the abdomen. She continued taking medicines for pain, as suggested by doctors, but the pain increased in the last few days. So, she came back to NIMS for further check-up, where it was revealed that the medical instrument was embedded in her abdomen.

“She was complaining of stomach ache within days of surgery at NIMS. We tried different kinds of medicines but her condition did not improve. This is totally negligent on the part of surgeons because of which she had to suffer,” said Mahadev.

Dr Manohar said an enquiry had been ordered into the episode. “According to preliminary investigation, three doctors – Beerappa, Venu and Varma participated in the surgery. We have constituted an internal committee to probe the issue and action would be initiated against them after due inquiry process,” he said.

Dr Manohar termed the incident as “unfortunate” and the first in the last 30 years.

“We have ordered an inquiry by a three-member team and will take action after we get the final report,” he said.

The inquiry team comprises medical superintendent, dean and a surgical gastroenterologist from Osmania Hospital.

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