Tuesday, November 01, 2005


Story #2

Man Sues M-D Anderson Cancer Center Because Of Operation

After 72 Days, Doctors Find Towel Inside Patient

Victims Says Center Should Have Found Towel Sooner

After having a cancerous part of his colon removed, William Miller ran a constant fever for 73 days. After several cat scans, doctors from the Anderson Cancer Center found that a towel had been left inside his abdomen.

Miller sued the center because he felt the towel should have been found sooner.

Atul Gawande of the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston says claims involving objects left in the patient's bodies is not unusual.

Risks are higher when there is an unexpected change in the operation and also when patients are overweight.

Most of the cases where objects are left inside involved sponges, however nearly one third involved surgical instruments.

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