'Surgeons left 16 items in body after op'

2013-01-17 13:55

Berlin - A lawyer in Germany claims surgeons left up to 16 objects in her client's body after an operation for prostate cancer.

Annette Corinth says doctors removed a needle, compresses and surgical strips from banker Helmut Brecht after his wounds failed to heal properly following surgery in 2009.

The 77-year-old ex-banker died last year and his family is seeking €80 000 damages for his suffering, plus costs, from the Henriettenstift hospital in Hannover.

A spokesperson for the Protestant Church-linked organisation that runs the hospital rejected the claims.

Achim Balkhoff told AP on Thursday the objects couldn't have been left in the patient's body during the operation because the equipment wasn't in use at the hospital.

He added that the compensation demands were "unusually high" for such a case.

  • Archie22is - 2013-01-17 14:24

    Phew... one would imagine such things only happen in South Africa (Limpopo to be exact). Poor guy... R.I.P

  • - 2013-01-17 14:43

    They claim this happens in Germany? I find it hard to believe, especially so many items. I work for a specialist, it is very stupid to leave just one item in a person, how on earth would they have gotten away with 16? Someone is exaggerating, I think.

  • modernmetaphysicist.modern - 2013-01-17 15:02


  • linda.duits - 2013-01-17 15:36

    Instruments, swabs and everything else that doctors work with in theatre has to be accounted for before they close up the patient, if that's not done then it's just plain negligence.

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