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Surgeon Left 16 Items In Body After Operation

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A surgeon allegedly left 16 items in a body after an operation in 2009. The man’s family is now seeking over $120,000 from the hospital to compensate for the mistake.

According to Ninesmsn, Dirk Schroeder had an operation for prostate cancer in 2009. The operation went fine except for the fact that one of the surgeons left 16 items, including a needle, a six inch role of bandage, swabs, and a piece of a surgical mask, inside of his body.

The discovery was made a few months after the surgery when Schroeder called a nurse out to his home because he was feeling pain. The nurse discovered that a piece of gauze was protruding from one of his wounds.

Schroeder ended up having two additional surgeries to remove 16 items from his body. Schroeder survived the operations but succumbed to cancer last year. His family is now seeking $120,000 from the hospital.

Annette Corinth, the family’s lawyer, told the Daily Mail:

“I hope the hospital will settle but otherwise the family are prepared to go all the way and sue in court. The family of the deceased spent lots of money on care, medicines and reconstruction of their home to look after this man. There has been gross negligence here which most probably had led to complications and possibly a quicker death.”

The hospital, which has not been identified, denied that one of their surgeons left 16 items inside of Schroeder’s body. The hospital says that the items must have entered his body sometime after the surgery.

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49 Responses to “Surgeon Left 16 Items In Body After Operation”

  1. Carolyn Bowles Butts

    $120,000? Is that all? I'd go for a whole lot more than that if it happened to me! That's just sheer indifference to the patient's well-being.

  2. Rina Baughman

    I was about to say the same thing…. $120,000 that's it.. I would sue for everything he or she is worth if that happened to me. That could have been a slow painful death. And I'll take your medical license with me too.

  3. Michele Lombardo MacIver

    My dad had heart surgery almost 5 years ago. He went in to have a pacemaker put in several months later; when they did the xray before surgery, they discovered that the first surgeon had left a wire in his aorta. They were thankfully able to remove the wire from inside the aorta after a 4 hours operation. My parents sued the hospital and the doctor; they wound up getting only $1,200.

  4. Matthew Williams

    Did someone check to make sure he didn't mistake a butcher shop for a Hospital? cause that is some f***d up surgery he got….on a serious note, I am very sorry for him and his family and I would surely be going not only for money but for the license of every single person involved in this surgery.

  5. Donnie Howard

    WHERE DID THAT QUACK GET HIS LICENSE? FROM A PBS CORROSPONDENCE COURSE?

  6. Lj Smith

    how could these 16 items possibly have entered the body after surgery? the surgeons at the very least need to lose their licences and at the very worst, the hospital needs to lose their accreditation and possibly close.

  7. Gloria Ann Jenkins

    The objects entered the body sometime after surgery? That is the stupist comment I have ever heard! This family should have started litigation proceedings, soon after the surgery items were found in the man's body. ( not sure when they filed the law suit) Hospital and doctor were totally negligent! ( surgical technicians/surgical assitants, are required to account for every surgical instrument/gauze, sponge, mask, etc..) before the surgical area is completly closed) I certainly hope the surgeon involved with the surgery, has his licenses revoked. If I would on the jury, I would award the plaintiff, no less than $1million dollars.

  8. Karla Valentine

    Clearly done with intent. Why is the question and what will be done to that surgeon. INSANITY!

  9. Donnie Howard

    @ karla…if it was done intentionally, that would definitely warrant criminal charges, but the question is…was it done intentionally?

  10. Glenn Shark

    Well that's one way to clean up the operating room. But seriously I also would seek out much more money and the licenses of those involved in the surgery.

  11. Kasheena Hooks Hollis

    Bless his heart , they should have gave him more money than that.

  12. Anonymous

    You cant sue a doctor for more than 120k for negligence, they put a limit because doctors and surgeons screw up so much, that if you could sue for more, all our insurances would be so high to compensate for the amount the hospital loses in law suits, not to mention all the frivolous law suits people would bring just to make money. it wouldn't be viable to be a doctor if every person can just bring a million dollar law suit against them for every time someone in their care died from natural causes or otherwise.

  13. Michelle Godmaire Miles

    Can you all read? He died of cancer, NOT from this.

  14. Marilyn Ann R

    16 items? that surgeon had to be high or drunk/ come on, there was a team of medical there and no one noticed that at all/ this story is bs. S

  15. Eleanor Carroll

    Aroll of gauze, needle, swabs, surgical mask all left in his body after surgery, and drs. think the items must have intered his body some other way? How, did he swallow them? Ridiculous… hope family gets plenty of $$ for this. What happened to the "sponge count" all operating rooms do after surgeries? Gross negligence on alls part.

  16. Anonymous

    Yes I agree. If his lawyer were brought into the mix, I'm sure he could have gotten more. But hospitals aren't going to give an inch unless they're forced to. I'm surprised they didn't try to make him pay for the second operation himself. Maybe they did.

  17. Giullianna Di Braccio

    I could add at that nr. couple more zeros.Those items didn't enter inside his body after surgery due to some paranormal activity.Ridiculous.

  18. Donten Vyme

    I got in auto accident and asked for more than that. WTH get a lawyer people!

  19. Amanda L Double-u

    Sooooo…the family can't be upset at what happened then? You're right, technically, he died from cancer. It's just too bad the family had to deal with the additional surgery and care during the last bit of time they had with him…because of over a dozen items being sewn up INTO his body…but whatever, right? The Doctor didnt KILL him so….no harm no foul? Lol.

  20. Beth Quigley

    This is simply not possible. A "six inch roll of bandage" unless left as wound packing, and documented as such, is not on a surgical field.

  21. Cindy Holladaay

    I had a root canal done once and the oral surgeion left a tip of a metal tool in my gum…and a peice of bone fragment. I thought THAT was bad.

  22. Vernon Dew

    Yeah, I want my by-pass done at this hospital, it'll be like hitting the lottery when everything has been removed and done for.

  23. Christopher Jordan Pirtle

    "The hospital says that the items must have entered his body sometime after the surgery." LOL. Then he cut himself open and did it then? Sounds like this hospital needs to be named so people know to stay away.

  24. Mary Pat McSkimming Brandmeyer

    Did they think he was the trash can? I mean, seriously…….his surgical mask. Should he have been wearing it?

  25. Susan Willhite

    THE SCRUB TECH AND RN IS ACTUALLY SUPPOSE TO COUNT THE AMOUNT OF INSTRUMENTS BEFORE THE FIRST CUT AND THEN BEFORE CLOSING OF THE SITE. IF THE COUNT IS WRONG NO ONE IS SUPPOSE TO LEAVE BEFORE ALL IS ACCOUNTED FOR. IF STILL NOT FOUND XRAYS ARE DONE IN SURGERY TO MAKE SURE THIS DOESn't HAPPEN. BUT IF THE TECH AND RN DOESn't DO IT THE DOCTOR IS STILL HELDED RESPONIBLE. USALLY A DOCTOR WILL NOT LEAVE THE ROOM UNTIL THE COUNT IS CORRECT. STILL, THAT's CRAZY THAT IT HAPPENED (16)!

  26. Sarah Wilkins Fischer

    In surgery there is a scrub nurse that is there just to count how many sponges, needles, clamps, etc are used and make sure that they all are accounted for…..or maybe not in Germany. C'mon though 16 objects? Was the staff high?

  27. Donna Sublett

    needle, a six inch role of bandage, swabs, and a piece of a surgical mask, inside of his body.
    I am a scrub nurse and these items (alone) would not get into the patients body during surgery, or after. This is highly suspicious to me. The kinds of things that could be left in a patients body are generally lap tapes and sponges. A surgical mask isn't removed by those in the OR until after the patient has been closed. Swabs are used on a patient for dressing changes as well as the rolls of bandages. A needle is possible, but since the other things are questionable, I really think this is an issue of a set up.

  28. Lory Slims

    Dione Osusky Your wrong. We would rather have our loved ones. Since we can't because of someone elses criminal acts we expect justice. In most cases, the only way to keep a doctor like that from practing ever again is to sue for the large amounts. Along with the greed you seem to think we have, you might look at how selfish and cheap your country is in giving global aid. Americans still give more aid across the globe than all other countries combined. Smoke that frualein.

  29. Margie Oliveoil

    Dione Osusky dione: you may be right about some americans being greedy, a lot of whom are doctors…but in this case? no excuse for such sloppy work and yeah, that prob. expedited that poor man's death, not to mention robbing him of peace of mind and what little comfort he had left. what price that? the doctor should pay enough to remind him to never do that again.

  30. Jackie Kirk Wood

    Carolyn, I agree with you….I see the potential for millions of dollars here.

  31. Lisa Campbell

    There definitely was a problem in the operating room and something must be done, however, I have to wonder why the family is now suing, now that the patient has died? The hospital/doctor do need to be sued, I'm just wondering about the other story?

  32. Lory Slims

    Donnie Howard – Yes. Having worked in a hospital there is no way all of those items were an accident. They obviously don't have the standard we do of count everything in and then count every thing out. This is flat out a criminal act of violence.

  33. Dione Osusky

    Lori, your pompous, arrogant attitude & words are reflective of whats wrong. How can money "buy back" a dead loved one? Money makes it all better for greedy fools like yourself. My country gives plenty of aid. Nobody owes you nothing. YOU smoke that, fraulein.