MP: Cotton left in woman’s womb during surgery in Barwani

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Barwani
  • Updated: Jan 02, 2016 17:58 IST
A surgeon reportedly left a cotton swab in a woman’s womb during a minor surgery for delivery. (Shutterstock/Representative photo)

In another case of medical negligence in MP’s Barwani district, a surgeon reportedly left a cotton swab in a woman’s womb during a minor surgery for delivery, sub-divisional magistrate H Shrivastava said on Friday.

He has ordered a probe into the incident by a civil surgeon. Hardly a month ago, over three dozen people had suffered eye infection and some had even lost vision in one eye during a botched cataract surgery in Barwani, about 155 km from Indore.

The sub-divisional magistrate said a complaint in this regard was submitted on Thursday by patient Shabnam’s husband Sajid, residents of Barwani on Thursday. The complaint was also addressed to district collector and chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

The operation was conducted at a district women’s hospital on December 27 and a baby boy was born. Sajid said her wife was discharged the next day as both mother and baby responded well. However, Shabanam started complaining of swelling in the stomach and non-urination thereafter.

“To avoid any complications, we immediately took her to district hospital and consulted gynaecologist RC Choyal who, after investigation, disclosed that a piece of cotton had been left inside her womb where stitches were done. He got the cotton removed and told Sajid, “If it was not removed timely the infection could have spread to the whole body and could prove fatal.”

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