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Surgical Sponge Left Inside Patient Leads to Wrongful Death Lawsuit

In April 2010, a man underwent colon surgery at Kewanee Hospital for an acute case of diverticulitis. After surgery, he became unstable and as his condition worsened, he was transferred to OSF Hospital. OSF performed a CT scan which showed a laparotomy pad in the patient’s abdomen. The surgical mishap at Kewanee required another surgery at OSF to remove the sponge. Although the patient was monitored and treated in intensive care, he died from abdominal sepsis.

A wrongful death lawsuit alleges that Kewanee Hospital and the medical team “failed to perform an accurate count of the surgical instruments, sponges, laparotomy pads, and other devices that were used intra-abdominally in the sigmoid colon resection procedure.” The suit seeks more than $50,000, plus court costs.

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