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Surgical glove found in woman's abdomen due to medical error

If you have to go through surgery or other procedures, you may be worried about accidents taking place. In this case, a medical error may have led to a woman suffering hot flashes, among other problems, and it led to her needing more surgeries due to complications. According to the news, a surgical glove was found in her abdominal cavity. Ohioans might be interested in knowing that the woman is now claiming medical negligence, and she's asking for compensatory damages.

According to the news from Jan. 3, the woman went through surgery in 2011 that she thought would help her have another child, but after the procedure, she immediately felt unwell. She allegedly had hot flashes, bloating, night sweats, and discomfort in her abdomen. A radiologist later discovered a large ovarian cyst in 2012, but then, after multiple intrusive procedures, she found out the truth. Following a hysterectomy, surgeons discovered a surgical glove in the woman's abdomen; it was tied in a knot, filled with fluid, and surrounded by tissue.

The woman is now suing her original surgeons for negligence, damaging her family relationships and for not telling her that the first surgery was unlikely to help her become pregnant. Additionally, her husband claims that he has lost consortium, companionship, comfort, and more due to his wife's injuries.

Where did the glove come from? The lawsuit alleges that the glove was left inside the woman after her six-hour surgery in 2011. According to the news, she is asking for compensatory damages, but requests that they be determined at a later date.

Source:  ABC News, "Medical Mystery: What Caused Woman's Early Hot Flashes After Surgery?" Sydney Lupkin, Jan. 03, 2014

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