Scissors removed from man’s stomach 18 years after operation

Still frame from NBC News video

A pair of scissors has been removed from the stomach of a Vietnamese man, 18 years after they were left inside during an operation.

The six-inch-long surgical scissors were successfully removed from 54-year-old man at Bac Kan General Hospitalon Saturday, Dec. 31.

The man, Ma Van Nhat, had a traffic accident in 1998, after which he required surgery at the same hospital in northern Vietnam.

Following the operation Nhat said his stomach still hurt. He went to a local clinic and was diagnosed as having a stomach ache.

Having recently experienced frequent sharp pains, Nhat had his stomach X-rayed, and the film showed the scissors lying in his abdomen.

Before Saturday’s operation he stood in front of the hospital displaying the scar from his original operation and the X-ray film showing the scissors.

He is now said to be steadily recovering. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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