A person who requires surgery in Boston expects the doctor and operating room staff to adhere to all proper procedures and ensure that the patient is adequately cared for. A surgeon mistake is not only a betrayal of the patient's trust, but it can cause a significant amount of damage and even death. Surgical errors like surgical equipment left inside a patient are egregious. If a mistake such as this happens, the patient and the patient's family have a right to seek answers as to how and why it happened.
Recently, the family of a woman who died after the surgical team failed to remove a sponge from her abdomen filed a lawsuit seeking compensation. The woman's husband alleges that during a surgery lasting 17 hours, the surgeons didn't remove the sponge and she died because of it. The sponge was in the woman's body for seven months. There were two failed tries to take it out. The woman died at age 58, one year and two months after she had the surgery.