Surgery can be a scary thing. You're under anesthesia, you're completely helpless, and you can really only pray that the doctor knows what he's doing. Even if you manage to do good research on a doctor (not that easy), there are often other doctors who show up right before surgery whom you had no idea about. If you've got surgery coming up, you might want to skip this story of the German man who reportedly had 16 pieces of medical equipment left behind in his body after routine surgery.

The man, identified as 74-year-old Dirk Schroeder, went in for prostate cancer surgery at a hospital in Germany. But his wounds were healing badly -- so badly that reportedly he could no longer sit down. It was then that a home nurse on a visit discovered a piece of gauze sticking out of his body.

He went back in for surgery and doctors reportedly discovered no less than 16 surgical instruments -- including a needle, a six-inch roll of bandage, a six-inch-long compress, several swabs, and a fragment of surgical mask -- still inside his body. WTF?! Were these doctors drunk?!

The hospital reportedly had a brilliant excuse for why so much stuff was left behind inside the poor man -- it said it had entered him "post-operative." But, conveniently, it had no explanation as to how the HELL a bunch of surgical equipment enters a body after an operation. Did it just sort of migrate there on its own?

The family has been in a fight with the hospital over compensation ever since -- it originally offered the man's family about $660. The family wants over $100,000.

Unfortunately, the poor man died from cancer after two more operations to remove his surgical detritus. This is one hospital I would avoid.

Do you have a scary operation story?

 

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