Veteran Sues VA Department For Surgery That Left Scalpel In His Body

Veteran Sues VA Department For Surgery That Left Scalpel In His Body

During the imaging study, Turner "began to experience severe, worsened abdominal pain" and the procedure had to be stopped.

Here's something to remember for next time you think your health care provider has gotten a little sloppy: a USA army veteran carried a scalpel forgotten by a surgeon inside his body for four years.

Glenford Turner, 61, went into the VA in West Haven, Conn., in March after a dizzy spell, and doctors ordered an MRI.

An X-ray taken that day showed "an abandoned scalpel" inside of Turner. Turner required surgery to remove the scalpel, and last week filed suit against the Veterans Administration. Turner's lawyers said doctors confirmed it was the scalpel knife used during Turner's radical prostatectomy, which had been performed four years earlier at the West Haven VA in August, 2013.

Glenford Turner had surgery in 2013 at a Veterans Affairs hospital in CT.

The medical malpractice lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages.


"He just sewed him up and moved on to his next victim, ' he said, adding that is is 'unconscionable that any hospital-particularly one serving our United States" veterans-would be so haphazard in the care they provide'.

The lawyer calls it "an incomprehensible level of incompetence".

The case drew the attention of US Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who said he was appalled and stunned by the "egregious medical malpractice case".

A Department of Veterans Affairs spokesman, Curt Cashour, said, "VA does not typically comment on pending litigation". "I am demanding also full accountability so this kind of horrific negligence never happens again", Blumenthal said in a statement on Monday.

The West Haven VA spokesperson said they haven't had a chance to review the lawsuit since they were closed on Monday for the holiday.

"Better care can be had at a veterinary hospital".

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