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Foot-long surgical tool left inside Czech patient
Spatula-like instrument found in woman’s stomach 5 months after surgery
PRAGUE – It took five long months for a Czech woman to discover the reason for her pain: Doctors had left a foot-long medical tool inside her abdomen.
This month, doctors at a clinic in the southeastern town of Ivancice discovered their colleagues had forgotten to remove a spatula-like surgical instrument from the woman following gynecological surgery in September.
Top regional official Michal Hasek apologized to Zdenka Kopeckova, 66, and said Monday that the region, which is in charge of the clinic, plans to compensate her.
Clinic head Jaromir Hrubes blamed “a series of individual failures” and said four employees had been punished.
CT24 news television reported that the woman, who complained repeatedly to her doctors about the pain, plans to sue.
Word of the Day
Main Entry: sue
Inflected Form(s): sued; su·ing
Etymology: Middle English sewen, siuen to follow, strive for, petition, from Anglo-French sivre, siure, from Vulgar Latin *sequere, from Latin sequi to follow; akin to Greek hepesthai to follow, Sanskrit sacate he accompanies
Date: 14th century
1 obsolete : to make petition to or for
2 archaic : to pay court or suit to : woo
3 a : to seek justice or right from (a person) by legal process; specifically : to bring an action against
b : to proceed with and follow up (a legal action) to proper termination
1 : to make a request or application : plead —usually used with for or to <sue for peace>
2 : to pay court : woo <he loved…but sued in vain — William Wordsworth>
3 : to take legal proceedings in court
— su·er noun
Colleague: n. an associate in a profession or in a civil or ecclesiastical office
Compensate: v. to make an appropriate and usually counterbalancing payment to
Punish: v. to impose a penalty on for a fault, offense or violation
Surgical: adj. of or relating to surgeons or surgery
Tool: n. something (as an instrument or apparatus) used in performing an operation or necessary in the practice of a vocation or profession
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