Doctors Leave Surgical Blade In Patient’s Abdomen For 3 Years

David Mlilo, a former employee at Tongaat Hullet lost his job early this year due to health complications caused by a surgical blade allegedly left in his abdomen by surgeons who did an operation on him at Hippo Valley Medical Centre in 2019.

Mlilo who lived with the blade for three years before his company forced him into early retirement is planning to sue the hospital for compensation.


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Mlilo told The Mirror that he was operated on to correct a hernia problem on December 18, 2019, but started experiencing worse pain after the operation and his health situation got worse.

Tongaat Hullet recommended early retirement for Mlilo in March this year as a result of his health. Mlilo was employed as a village supervisor.

However, on August 19, this year he was referred to Parirenyatwa Hospital where another operation was conducted by Dr John Dandadzi.

Mlilo’s medical cards show that Dr Dandadzi removed a cystostomy and a foreign body from Mlilo’s abdomen during the operation.

Mlilo told The Mirror that he saw the blade that was removed from him but was not aware how Dr Dandadzi disposed of it.

He said he needed to sue for compensation since he has lost his job.

More: The Mirror

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One Comment on “Doctors Leave Surgical Blade In Patient’s Abdomen For 3 Years

  1. It’s a saddening story. These doctors who carried the first operation did there job recklesly and did not value human life. This patient needs to be compensated by Hippo Valley hospital.

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