Donald Church underwent a surgery at the University of Washington Medical Centre to remove a tumor located in his abdomen. The tumor was removed. In its stead was left a 13 inch long metal retractor… caringlawyers.com, http://news.bbc.co.uk/, 13 Disturbing Cases of Medical Malpractice, Foot-long tool ‘left in patient’
Donald went through extreme pain and agony for 2 months post surgery. When he complained to the doctors about it, they told him it was normal after a major surgery. It was only after his family doctor noticed a foreign object in his stomach during a routine x-ray examination that the doctors at the University of Washington Medical Centre admitted to the mistake.
Donald went through another surgery to remove the retractor and made full recovery. The University of Washington Medical Centre paid almost $100,000 compensation to Mr Church.