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Doctors left needle in patient's stomach

By Sapa | Dec 11, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 14 ]

The infection spread to other parts of his body and his right shoulder and arm became paralysed, and eight months later he developed a suppurating abscess in the surgical wound

Limpopo’s health and social development MEC and a government hospital doctor must pay damages to a patient who had a needle left in his abdomen during an operation.

Judge Hans Fabricius ruled in the High Court in Pretoria that the MEC, Dr Norman Mabasa, and Dr AJ Mahmood, of the Mokopane Hospital, pay the legal costs of the case.

The patient, Andre Potgieter, was treated for a septic stab wound to his abdomen, and was operated on Mahmood after complaining that the wound was “not improving”, and that he was experiencing a lot of nausea and pain.

However, afterwards the infection spread to other parts of his body and his right shoulder and arm became paralysed, and eight months later he developed a suppurating abscess in the surgical wound.

When it burst open, he noticed “a shiny object” protruding and had it removed by a general practitioner.

It was a needle about eight centimetres long.

COMMENTS [ 14 ]

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Sue them, R50 million, these doctors never learn a thing, they are negligent like their ANC government

Dec 11, 2012 10:26 | 0 replies

negligence at its best indeed,the patiant must sue the health department

Dec 11, 2012 12:56 | 0 replies

one day i tell ya! this doctors will leave a whole nurse inside a patient's tummy!

Dec 11, 2012 11:56 | 0 replies

Mdala
I knew even before opening this article that this story is a Limpopo material !

Arwyp used an external stich for an inside wound after 6month I saw a wool coming out of my son's abdomen, everytime I took him there they would cut it and it healed, after a month it will come out again, until it was fixed @Sandton Medi Clinic!

Dec 11, 2012 11:39 | 0 replies

The must go reverse the Nkandlagate cost and pay theis dude. Is better to pay for this that to make Zuma live like a king. We cannot always pay for KZN luxaries, King and Zuma they all eat our hard earned taxes.

Dec 11, 2012 11:35 | 0 replies

Tjo this is pure neglingence at its best>>>its like not checking that your baby is trapped in proparly in the car seat...ho can they not check that all the tools were removed???

no amount of money can fix this....SA mara....

Dec 11, 2012 11:5 | 0 replies

I knew even before opening this article that this story is a Limpopo material

Dec 11, 2012 10:56 | 0 replies

Sure the amount you will receive will ease the pain Mr.

Dec 11, 2012 10:49 | 0 replies

i mean hate hospitals

Dec 11, 2012 10:45 | 0 replies

one more reason to have hospitals

Dec 11, 2012 10:45 | 0 replies

hope the legal fees will not come from tax payers!!

Dec 11, 2012 10:33 | 0 replies