18cm clamp left in stomach for 11 years

2013-03-08 08:59
The clamp that was found in Hennie Muller's stomach. (Charl Devenish, Beeld)

The clamp that was found in Hennie Muller's stomach. (Charl Devenish, Beeld)

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Bloemfontein - A Midrand man is claiming R4m from the Free State MEC for health after doctors left an 18cm-long clamp in his stomach after an operation in Bloemfontein.

Hennie Muller, 62, suffered a lot of pain and discomfort and was unable to continue working, revealed Beeld.

The clamp was removed in 2009 during a second stomach operation, when doctors found it inside him.

The clamp was apparently left behind by doctors who did an operation in November 1998 in the Unitas hospital in Bloemfontein.  

Presumably the clamp was left behind by mistake.

After the first operation, he had enormous pain and discomfort but doctors couldn’t establish what was causing the problem.

He couldn’t move without discomfort and gave up his job, trying to work for himself. Since then he has been unable to get a job.

The MEC was opposing his claim and denied that the clamp was left in Muller’s stomach.  

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