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A foreign object left after surgery could cause complications

When New Jersey residents' children need emergency medical attention, it can be overwhelming and frightening. Parents may try to put on brave faces for their kids, but even adults have worries about how certain procedures will go. Unfortunately, these worries are not invalid as a foreign object left after surgery could easily cause tremendous complications.

One family in another state dealt with such an issue. After their daughter's birth, a teenage couple learned that she had a heart problem that required emergency surgery. Though the couple believed that the surgery went well, they later learned that a needle had been left in their baby's heart. It was over two weeks after the surgery that the parents learned of the object, but hospital records indicate the staff members were aware of its presence. 

The parents learned of the needle at a follow-up appointment, and they wanted another surgery performed to remove it. However, the surgeon involved in the initial surgery claimed that it was not there. When the child had to undergo an unrelated operation at another facility, that surgeon located the object. It was noted that the family later came to a settlement with the hospital for $50,000.

A foreign object left in a body after surgery can cause numerous issues and could even prove fatal. Though this type of mistake is often described as a "never event," it happens more often than many people would like to think. If New Jersey residents have suffered from this type of error, they may wish to find out whether filing medical malpractice claims could suit their circumstances.

Source:, "A baby left All Children's with a needle in her heart", Kathleen McGrory, April 20, 2018

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