| Case study: Donna Bowett |
MUM Donna was left with a set of 7in forceps inside her after a routine operation.
The 39-year-old, who ironically works as a NURSE , spent three months begging doctors to investigate the excruciating pains she felt after her gallbladder surgery in May last year.
Scarred ... Donna's X-ray pic showing forceps
They brushed her fears aside, but after she managed to arrange an X-ray the images revealed the surgical tool was still inside her.
She is still in constant pain today as the forceps appear to have caused internal damage.
Donna had her operation at Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Worcs, near her home.
When she complained of shooting pains soon after, medics blamed a water infection.
Then, during an MRI scan, Donna says she felt the machine's powerful magnets try to pull the metal forceps through her skin.
A medic told Donna not to worry - even telling her: "The times of leaving instruments inside you are long gone."
Finally, an X-ray at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, where she works, detected the equipment.
The mother-of-four said: "When I went for the X-ray, the pain was horrendous. I started crying and they asked me if I had anything metal on me."
John Rostill, chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, described the case as "extremely unusual" and said: "We would like to apologise unreservedly.
"We have taken steps to further improve standards of safety."
MyViewBy JOYCE ROBINS
Co-Director of Patient Concern
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