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.