Hyderabad: Surgeons forget forceps in woman’s stomach

A Mangalhat resident, 33-year-old Maheswari Choudhary, was admitted to the hospital with severe abdominal pain on Friday. Later, an X-ray revealed that the artery forceps (in the shape of scissors) was the reason for the cause of the pain.

By Author  |  Published: 9th Feb 2019  11:33 amUpdated: 10th Feb 2019  12:25 am
Hyderabad

Hyderabad: In a case that is bound to raise questions over the surgical acumen of doctors at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), a woman patient, who had earlier underwent a surgery at the hospital, was admitted with artery forceps, also known as clamps used by surgeons to remove tissues and hold objects during surgery, firmly embedded in her stomach.

A Mangalhat resident, 33-year-old Maheswari Choudhary, was admitted to the hospital with severe abdominal pain on Friday. Later, an X-ray revealed that the artery forceps (in the shape of scissors) was the reason for the cause of the pain.

The hospital authorities immediately admitted the patient and are conducting an emergency procedure to remove the artery forceps on Saturday morning.

“Our surgical teams are in the process of conducting the surgery. We have also set up a three-member committee comprising of senior doctors who will conduct a thorough enquiry into the entire development and come up with a report in the next few days,” Director, NIMS, Dr. K. Manohar said.

According to close relatives, Maheswari had undergone a surgery for hernia at NIMS on December 2 and since then was complaining of severe stomachache.

“She was complaining of stomachache 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, a close relative.

The NIMS Director, meanwhile, pointed out that action will be initiated depending on the report from the committee of senior doctors. “Such instances are quite rare. The patient is undergoing surgery and hopefully she will recover. We will initiate action based on the report submitted by the committee,” Dr. Manohar said.