Lawsuit: Surgeon at VA hospital left scalpel in patient for 4 years

Army vet sues West Haven VA after doctors find scalpel left inside his abdomen

Almost four years later, he went back to the VA with dizziness and severe abdominal pain. It appears as bright white on the x-ray lying horizontally between his hips.

A scalpel left in the body of Army veteran after surgery was discovered almost four years later and now he is suing a Veterans Affairs hospital in CT. "Doctors confirmed that it was the scalpel knife used during Turner's radical prostatectomy - performed four years earlier at the West Haven VA", he added.

The object, lying between Turner's bladder and rectum, was not removed until April 2017, after Turner "experienced severe abdominal pain" during a March 2017 MRI, according to court documents. WFSB reported that the item was located near his stomach and intestines.

Faxon said he filed a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs on Turner's behalf with the West Haven VA under the Federal Torts Claims Act a few months later in June, but the issue was not resolved, which is why they filed the federal lawsuit last week. "He just sewed him up and moved on to his next victim".


The lawyer calls it "an incomprehensible level of incompetence". Faxon also expressed concerns that there could be long-term damage. They said they hope to provide a response to NBC Connecticut later in the week. "You have an administration run by Donald J. Trump, who claims to be a friend of the veteran", Faxon told the Globe.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Tuesday demanded answers from VA leaders "for allegations of appalling medical malpractice". "America owes our veterans the world's best medical care, nothing less".

"While the court determines liability, I have asked for a detailed explanation from VA of this deeply troubling report", Blumenthal said in the statement.

"The VA's low standard of care has been the subject of much discussion lately, but this is a new low", Faxon said.

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