This story illustrates why people of African descent should be even more wary of hospitals as doctors and nurses regularly work long shifts because of understaffing which inevitably leads to these kinds of aberrations. Instead of hiring an adequate number of medical personnel to take care of our health needs, governments prefer to invest in producing more and more deadly weapons in order to wage unjust wars. Hort
Japanese patient's 'tumour' turns out to be 25-year-old towel
Wed Jun 4, 2008
Doctors who carried out surgery on a Japanese man to remove a "tumour" had good news and bad news for him. He did not have cancer -- but the "growth" that had been causing him pain was in fact a 25-year-old surgical towel.
The patient had been carrying the cloth since 1983, when surgeons at the Asahi General Hospital in Chiba prefecture near Tokyo left it in him after an operation to treat an ulcer, a spokesman for the hospital said.
The man, now 49, went in to another hospital in late May after suffering abdominal pain. When examinations found what was believed to be an eight-centimetre (3.2-inch) tumour, he underwent the operation to remove it. It was only then that surgeons realised it was a towel."The towel was greenish blue although we are not sure about its original colour," the Asahi General Hospital spokesman said, adding it had been crumpled to the size of a softball. Asahi hospital officials visited the man and apologised, he said.
The former patient has no plans to sue the hospital, which is in talks with him over compensation or other measures, the official said. Japanese media reports said the man, who was not identified, still had his spleen removed.