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Knife Embedded in Brain for 4 Years

There was an interesting article in the Guardian over the weekend about instruments left behind during surgery or treatment.

I have represented many clients that have had to undergo surgery to remove instruments left behind during surgery; however they have in the main been items such as dressing or swabs. 

I was astounded to read of the Li Fu, a Chinese man who had a knife embedded in his  brain for 4 years, and of the women who had 4  inch long forceps left behind after a tummy tuck. Operating staff are supposed to follow an elementary principle of counting in and out all the equipment they use; while this would prevent the majority of these incidences it would not have assisted poor Li Fu!Nisha Sharma is a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence.

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