Man dies after pair of surgical scissors was left in his belly

A 68-year-old Saudi man died after surgeons at a local government hospital left a broken scissor inside his belly, causing him severe pains and gas gangrene.

The man, identified as M. Al Qarshi, had undergone an operation at King Abdul Aziz Specialized Hospital in the western town of Taif for the removal of a tumor in his stomach and intestines, newspaper said.

He then stayed at the hospital for nearly a month, during which he felt excruciating pains in his abdomen. But doctors told him that it was normal after the surgery.

After he was discharged from hospital, his pains worsened, prompting his family to take him to King Abdullah Medical City in the nearby town of Makkah.

Images showed there was a broken surgical scissors inside his abdomen and doctors there decided to perform an urgent operation on the man to remove the two pieces of the scissors and parts of his body affected by gangrene.

“After the operation, Qarshi suffered from complications as the scissors was left inside his body for a long period of time,” Sabq daily said, quoting doctors.

It said the surgeons at the King Abdul Aziz Specialized Hospital are being interrogated by a legal medical panel set up by the ministry of health.

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