Vietnamese doctors had to perform an emergency surgery on a man after it was revealed that he had a pair of scissors lodged in his stomach.
According to the Washington Post, 54-year-old Ma Van Nhat recently experienced some abdominal pains which required doctors to conduct an ultrasound on him. To the shock of many, the scan revealed a pair of scissors stuck near his colon.
The Vietnamese man suspected that the pair of scissors may have been left inside his abdomen after a 1998 operation at the Bac Kan General Hospital when he was taken in after a road accident, BBC noted. Surprisingly, he did not suffer from any kind of pain after the surgery except for the recent stomach problems that revealed the 6-inch-long surgical scissors stuck inside his body.
Specialist surgeons had to fly from Hanoi, Vietnam to Thai Nguyen Province to assist in the operation. The surgeons who performed the three-hour surgery said that because the pair of scissors was left undiscovered for 18 years, it had become stuck in some nearby organs.
“He is recovering well,” said Ngo Trung Thang, deputy head of general affairs at the hospital.
The Health Ministry in Vietnam has already ordered Bac Kan General Hospital to submit a report on who may have left the pair of surgical scissors in the poor man’s stomach. Trinh Thi Loung, hospital director at Bac Kan General Hospital said that she will do what she can to be able to get some answers but also mentioned that hospitals rarely keep medical records of patients for more than 15 years.
As for Ma Van Nhat, he will be returning home next week.