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Swab in stomach caused pain

A German woman who suffered stomach pains for nearly 20 years, found doctors had left a six-inch gauze swab in her stomach after an operation.

The 48-year-old woman has won £6,600 in damages as a result of the discovery which came 19 years after the operation.

Braunschweig State Court heard the now 48-year-old woman had had a hysterectomy in 1985 and surgeons had left the swab inside her.

She told the court the "best years" of her life had been spent visiting one doctor after another trying to find out what was causing the pains in her stomach.

The gauze was discovered after she underwent exploratory surgery.


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