Surgeon left 16 items in body after operation

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Surgery items left in body - The Daily Mail

By: Allan Hall and Matt Blake for the Daily Mail

A surgeon is accused of leaving 16 items in a German man’s body after a 2009 operation for prostate cancer. 

Now the family is suing the hospital for $120,000 to compensate for the alleged mistake. 

According to the Daily Mail, 74-year-old Dirk Schroeder suffered ‘appalling agony’ after the procedure. 

Within months Schroeder was back in the hospital after a nurse made a shocking discovery, a gauze pad sticking out from his wound. 

Later surgeons removed 16 items from the man’s body including a needle, a six-inch roll of bandage, a six-inch compress, a fragment of a surgical mask and swabs, the Daily Mail reported.

Read more on Schroeder’s surgery from the Daily Mail