The Fayetteville Observer reports that a Fayetteville doctor was ordered to pay $6 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The doctor left a surgical sponge in the patient’s abdomen after a surgery to remove cancerous tissue in her rectum and colon. The 18-by-18 inch sponge caused infections and illnesses that prevented the patient from receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment for her cancer, which ultimately led to the patient’s death. The sponge was not discovered until 10 weeks after the surgery. This tragedy could have been prevented if the doctor examined the abdominal cavity for surgical sponges or if the doctor had asked the nurse to complete a routine sponge count after surgery.
Tien Law Firm’s NC medical malpractice lawyer believes that doctors and medical staff have a responsibility to protect patients. That is why our attorney is here to answer your questions if you have been harmed by a doctor or surgeon. If you or someone you know may have been a victim of surgical negligence, a surgical error, a surgical mistake (such as leaving a sponge or instrument inside after surgery), it is important to seek legal advice from a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to avoid forfeiting important legal rights.
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