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Doctors in Vietnam have removed surgical forceps from a man who unknowingly carried them inside his body for 18 years, national television network VTV reported.

Ma Van Nhat, 54, said the forceps had probably been left in his abdomen in 1998 when he had emergency surgery after a traffic accident. Nhat had felt only the occasional pain, and a clinic had given him medicine for a suspected stomach ulcer. An X-ray taken in late 2016 showed the forceps were to blame.

The 15-centimeter-long instrument had broken apart and become lodged in Nhat’s stomach. It was removed in an operation.

The director of Bac Kan Hospital, Trinh Thi Luong, told VTV that officials were trying to find out who might have left the forceps in Nhat. “Even if they are already retired, we will still inform them,” she said. “This is a lesson to all doctors.”  Reuters

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