Useful AND not a tumor!

The actual towel was much smaller: but there was a person behind it. Well...around it.
The actual towel was much smaller: but there was a person behind it. Well...around it.Courtesy Silver Starre
Well, there’s some good news out there for at least one living human. A Japanese man went into surgery a week or two ago after his doctors told him that a tumor was causing his chronic abdominal pain. After opening him up, the surgeon discovered that the “tumor” was actually a surgical towel, left in the man from an operation he had undergone in 1983!

Talk about a red letter day! No tumors, and a free towel. I can’t remember the last time I got a free towel. I mean, usually people won’t keep towels for 25 years, and this one may have turned a greenish-blue color from spending a couple decades inside an abdominal cavity, but still…not a bad deal.

What an odd thing, though. I suppose I shouldn’t hold it against anyone—I don’t think I could perform an appendectomy, so far be it from me to expect a surgeon to be able to do everything I can do easily, like not leave towels inside people.


I see

Good to know.

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Andy Korman's picture
Andy Korman says:

dang thats got to suck after surgery it just shows how some doctors are forgetful

posted on Thu, 06/05/2008 - 7:35pm
bert123's picture
bert123 says:

wow that seriously how do you forget stuff like that inside someone? its almost a trend that docotors are starting to forget surgical tools and other various items inside of someone nowdays. i think that there should be a fine for the doctor who did that.
IBI Call it what you want IBI

posted on Fri, 06/06/2008 - 9:44am

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