A gynecologist from Jordan accidentally left his phone in the patient’s stomach during a caesarean section. This is not a rare case: in the United States alone, surgeons leave 10,000 objects in the bodies of patients a year, most often instruments and tampons.
A 36-year-old Jordanian citizen visited a private clinic on April 24, 2015 , where she safely gave birth to a baby during a caesarean section. She gave birth to a healthy boy weighing 4.8 kilograms, with whom she left the clinic and returned home. At home, the woman’s family members noticed that her belly was vibrating strangely. In addition to the vibrations, the patient experienced terrible pain. I had to ask for help. As a result of a new operation, a mobile phone was removed from the abdomen. It is not yet clear how the doctor managed to forget the device that people use so often. Perhaps he hoped that the battery would run out before the patient realizes that something is wrong. The Jordanian Parliament is discussing this case. Doctors sometimes forget surgical instruments and other items in their patients during operations. Such cases occur every 5500-7000 operations. As of 2010, 51.4 million operations were performed in the United States – that is, more than 10,000 patients became the owners of unnecessary things in the body. Each of these mistakes is costly for clinics: to get one item, on average, they spend about $ 63 thousand, and lawsuits range from $ 2 to $ 5 million.