Metal nut left in girl's spine during surgery

A girl's intention to return to normal life after a car accident last year stunted when doctors confirmed a 0.5cm nut embedded near her spine, thus may become worse if not immediately removed.

Victims claim that it caused due to negligent attitude of a doctors perform during spine surgery with metal implants using nuts and bolts last year to treat injuries from road accidents a year ago in a famous private hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A worried victim known as Khai Tan Yien, 29, an interior designer, said "I am disappointed with the negligence and irresponsibility of the doctor in treating my injury."

"After the surgery, the orthopaedic surgeon informed me that a nut had accidentally fallen into the operated area, very close to my spine where the metal implant was placed," she said.

"However, the surgeon assured me that the nut is not harmful and can be removed together with the fixture of the metal implant a year later without complications," she said, showing her x-rays and CT scan to reporters.

In October, a day before Tan’s scheduled surgery to remove the metal implant, the surgeon claimed that the fallen nut, which has shifted from its original position, could not be removed as it is located very close to a blood vessel.

Only the metal implant was removed while the fallen nut remained in around her spine. "The doctor said there was nothing he could do and claimed that it would not cause me any problem.

"But I'm worried if the nut may shift around and cause complications," she said. Tan also claimed that she had sought a second opinion from an orthopaedic surgeon in another private hospital earlier this month, who advised her to undergo surgery as the location of the nut might be harmful.

Her surgery is scheduled for today.  Department head Datuk Michael Chong said he would bring the matter up with the Health Minister and asked for all doctors to be more careful.

"We will have to wait for the result of the operation first," he said.

Via - AsiaOne

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