A father from the West Midlands suffered eight months of constant pain, after hospital staff forgot to remove an eighteen inch long surgical swab, following an operation.
Sixty year old Ian Smith, from West Bromwich, was admitted to the Sandwell Hospital, for surgery to treat his bowel cancer but hospital staff failed to notice that an eighteen inch long surgical swab had been left inside his body.
Mr. Smith first suspected something was wrong, when his operation scar began leaking fluid, just two weeks after surgery.
He was re-admitted to the hospital, where he stayed for a week but despite having x-rays taken, hospital staff failed to notice the cause of the problem and the former coach driver was discharged.
However his condition continued to deteriorate and it was only when a district nurse spotted a foreign object sticking out of his wound, that the swab was discovered and retrieved, a staggering eight months after his initial surgery.
Mr. Smith now intends to make a claim for medical negligence compensation against the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, who manage the hospital.
Mr. Smith lost three stone in weight following his surgery and had to be given a blood transfusion, as the swab had affected his white blood cell count.
The hospital has since apologised for the incident and a spokesperson for the NHS Trust stated that they were aware of Mr. Smith’s claim.