Cyprus Mail

‘Woman’s claims of medical negligence groundless’

By Sinead Kelly

A WOMAN’S allegations of a medical glove forgotten in her stomach during surgery are not true, health authorities said yesterday.

The 48-year-old woman’s claims that the plastic fragment found in her vomit on Monday was part of a medical glove forgotten in her stomach during a surgery she underwent were proven false, they said.

The woman who underwent surgery on May 15 at the Archbishop Makarios Hospital’s Gynaecology Clinic in Nicosia and was released on the 19th, was rushed to the Nicosia General Hospital on Monday with severe abdominal pains.

Nicosia General Hospital’s Executive Manager Petros Matsas said that the woman was admitted into surgery. The operation showed she suffered from abdominal muscle haematoma and adhesive ileus.

Matsas said that claims that the plastic fragment found in her vomit was remains of medical glove were groundless since the operation the woman underwent in the Gynaecology Clinic was for the removal of a mass from her left ovary.

“Surgically the stomach does not communicate with the ovaries,” he said.

Police spokesman Andreas Angelides, said that they had in their possession the plastic fragment which was sent for scientific examinations. He added that the incident was reported by a friend of the 48-year-old and that they were investigating the case.

Stavros Neophytou, Manager of the Makarios Hospital’s Gynaecology Clinic, where the woman had the surgery, said earlier that there was no way a glove forgotten in someone’s stomach could exit from the mouth through vomit.

“It is impossible” he said.

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