A woman in Amman, Jordan, had a Cesarean operation in April this year. Soon after the operation, she began to experience pain. Shortly after that, her belly started vibrating.
It turns out the doctor dropped his cellphone into her abdomen while operating on 36-year-old Hanan Mahmoud Abdul Karim in a private hospital in Amman on April 24th this year.
Hanan returned home, but apparently was rushed to the emergency room at the hospital after her family noticed that her abdomen was vibrating. In the emergency room, X-rays revealed the presence of a “foreign object.” It then turned out that during the operation the doctor dropped his cellphone inside her body.
Congratulations, It’s An iPhone!: Jordanian doctor leaves mobile phone in patient’s abdomen after caesarean section http://t.co/UB0kJqGE1q
— Richard Patterson Jr (@rpattersonlaw) May 14, 2015
According to her mother, Majeda Abdul Hamid, her daughter gave birth to 4.8kg (10.5 lbs) boy. Initially, all seemed to be well, so she was sent home from the hospital with her newly arrived child.
Her mother explained that it was after this that her daughter began suffering terrible pains in her abdomen, and the vibrations were noticed by her family when examining her. The family took Hanan back to the hospital where nothing much was done for her initially.
“My daughter suffered serious pains and could not move.”
I brought her back to the hospital where she was treated but nothing was done for her.”
The family then decided to take Hanan to the emergency department of Al-Bashir public hospital, where X-rays finally revealed the presence of a foreign object in her abdomen.
Jordanian gynaecologist leaves his mobile phone in patient’s abdomen http://t.co/usrps4tU5w
— Mr Normal ن (@PaulWilko657) May 14, 2015
At that stage, it was confirmed that during the operation, the doctor dropped his cellphone into her abdomen, and surgeons at Al-Bashir public hospital took the matter far more seriously. They quickly operated on her to remove the cellphone.
Things work a little differently in Jordan, and the case was apparently brought up in the Jordanian parliament where it almost caused a huge scandal.
However, according to Gulf News, the Jordanian Health Ministry spokesman, Hatem Al Azrae, tried to make out that Hanan’s story was “baseless and a fabricated one.” However, he did say that the ministry would follow up on it to find out whether the doctor dropped his cellphone into Hanan’s abdomen.
The Daily Mail compared the story to that of Michael O’Sullivan, a patient at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, England, who had an A4-sized surgical mat sewn up inside him after receiving a new liver.
This happened to O’Sullivan, 49, in 2012, and after he was sent home he started experiencing a lot of pain.
However, it was a full three weeks later that a CT scan revealed the presence of something unusual inside him. O’Sullivan was naturally shocked to discover surgeons had left the surgical mat inside him and then had to have yet another operation to remove it.
[Image: CC BY 2.0 Kenny Louis]