U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Lawsuit claims surgeon at VA hospital left scalpel in patient

Lawsuit claims surgeon at VA hospital left scalpel in patient

An Army veteran from Bridgeport says an MRI revealed that a surgeon left a scalpel in his abdomen four years earlier.

Glenford Turner, 61, went to the West Haven Veterans Affairs Hospital with abdominal pain last March when the surprising discovery was made, according to his lawyer. Turner required surgery to remove the scalpel, and last week filed suit against the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“X-rays revealed the presence of an abandoned scalpel inside Mr. Turner's body. Doctors confirmed that is was the scalpel knife used during Turner’s radical prostatectomy — performed four years earlier at the West Haven VA,” attorney Joel Faxon of New Haven said in a statement...

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