Thursday, October 16, 2008


Herald Sun reports: A gynaecologist and two trainee doctors in northern Greece have been handed suspended prison sentences after forgetting a 22-centimetre medical spatula in a patient's abdomen.

The three accused and a scrub nurse today received suspended prison sentences of between 10 months and a year.

The oversight took place during minor surgery on a 45-year-old woman at a hospital in the northern city of Serres in January 2005.

The patient soon developed breathing problems, a skin rash, fever and a gathering of fluid in her abdomen.

Her doctors initially attributed the problems to an allergic reaction and gave her medication but a CAT scan subsequently found the missing surgical instrument.

The patient had been awarded €50,000 ($98,000) in damages in a prior civil trial.


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