The press has not released his name for obvious legal reasons, but a gynecologist in Jordan is being accused of leaving his cell phone inside of a woman’s abdomen after performing a Caesarian section procedure on her. So if you’re keeping track, the doctor removed one (1) healthy baby boy from a woman’s uterus but accidentally inserted one (1) used cellular telephone.
The patient, Hanan Mahmoud Abdul Karim, had undergone the procedure to give birth to her son on April 24, but after being discharged from the hospital, she felt something vibrating inside of her. And last she checked, the baby was out. Then it got worse:
“My daughter suffered serious pains and could not move. I brought her back to the hospital where she was treated but nothing was done for her,” [her] mother was quoted as saying.
Hanan was taken to a different hospital which found a foreign object inside her abdomen — and then they removed a cell phone. Now, is it possible that the phone belongs to someone other than the doctor who performed the operation? It’s possible, but it doesn’t look good for the doctor. And if it was, what the hell was he doing with the phone during surgery? Have medical professionals gotten so apathetic that they’re checking messages while cutting people open? Or have they gotten so full of themselves that they’re taking selfies in front of sliced-open patients?
The Jordanian Health Ministry is looking into this matter, but a spokesperson said that the story was “baseless and a fabricated.” But for a work of fiction, it certainly got the Jordanian parliament very pissed off — one member, Salim Al Bataynah, said that the entire government should resign out of shame.
“In countries which show respect to their nations, and following such scandals, governments usually resign,” he was quoted as saying. “The parliament should show responsibility and be on the level of the case.”
It feels like a bit much, but it was a really dick move. Unless this doctor really doesn’t get how endoscopy works.
(Via Gulf News)