Surgeon left needle inside patient

Surgeon left needle inside patient

Surgeon left needle in patient who died

Posted by: DO/Wednesday, September 5, 2018/Categories: In The News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The family of a Tennessee man sued TriStar Centennial hospital alleging a surgeon left a needle inside his body during a heart surgery last year and was unable to retrieve it in a second operation.

John Burns Johnson, 73, of Lafayette died approximately a month after the surgery, the lawsuit says. His health steadily worsened after the needle was lost in his body.

“Mr. Johnson’s condition continued to deteriorate over the next thirty days,” the lawsuit states. “He was critically ill and never saw his home again.”

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Davidson County court, states that Johnson underwent open heart surgery at TriStar Centennial on May 2, 2017. After approximately nine hours of the surgery, a surgeon closed Johnson’s chest and rewired his sternum, then discovered that one of his surgical needles was missing. An X-ray then confirmed that the needle had been accidentally left inside Johnson’s body.

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