The medical staff forgot the piece of gauze inside the woman’s stomach when she underwent a Caesarean section

A large piece of gauze has been retrieved from a woman’s stomach six months after she underwent a Caesarean section at a leading private hospital near here.

In a case of alleged negligence, the medical staff at Fortis Hospital, Noida, forgot the piece of gauze inside the 33-year-old woman’s stomach on December 23, 2013, when she gave birth to a baby. A statement by the Fortis Hospital said they “have constituted a committee, which is presently investigating into the matter”.

Since the woman was discharged from the hospital three days after the surgery, she had been complaining about severe abdominal pain. Last month, she underwent fresh tests at the hospital when a ‘foreign element’ was spotted in her stomach, a family member said.

She was then taken to another hospital in the Capital where doctors retrieved the piece of gauze on June 30.

The family member said they had filed a complaint with the police against the private hospital. —PTI

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