A pair of seven-inch long surgical forceps were surgically removed from the stomach of a man in Chhattisgarh on Friday — two years after they had been left in there during an earlier operation.
Farmer Dhruv Verma (52) had lived with the metal in his body since an abdominal surgery in a nursing home in December 2007. He is currently recuperating from the latest operation.
Kishore Tiwari, a friend of Verma’s who accompanied him through his surgical treatments, told Hindustan Times that after the surgery in 2007, Verma consulted doctors for intermittent pain in his abdomen and was prescribed painkillers. This continued for nearly two years.
“When the pain became unbearable in December ’09, he consulted Gayatri Nursing Home where his X-ray was done but he was not informed about the mistake surgeons committed two year ago. He was wrongly told there was a minor swelling in his kidney and he would have to undergo a surgery again”, said Tiwari. Gayatri was the nursing home where the earlier surgery had been carried out.
R.J. Choubey, senior surgeon at Gayatri, declined to comment, saying, “why are you bothering a small fry” before hanging up. No one else from the nursing home was available for comment.
Verma was neither told about the forceps, nor was the X-ray report given to him, alleged Tiwari. The farmer was shocked to discover the reality through an X-ray he got done elsewhere.
No nursing home was willing to do the surgery at first. It was eventually done in Durg district hospital after intervention from the District Collector.
Senior surgeon Dr D.C. Jain led a team of five doctors and operated on Verma to remove the forceps. “It was a complicated operation and he is recovering,” Jain said.