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Surgeons left needle, surgical strips inside German man: Lawyer

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First published: January 17, 2013, 8:39 PM IST | Updated: January 17, 2013
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Surgeons left needle, surgical strips inside German man: Lawyer
The 77-year-old ex-banker died in 2012 and his family is seeking damages worth $106,216 for his suffering.

Berlin: A lawyer in Germany claims surgeons left up to 16 objects in her client's body after an operation for prostate cancer. Annette Corinth says doctors removed a needle, compresses and surgical strips from banker Helmut Brecht after his wounds failed to heal properly following surgery in 2009.

The 77-year-old ex-banker died in 2012 and his family is seeking damages worth $106,216 for his suffering, plus costs, from the Henriettenstift hospital in Hannover. A spokesman for the Protestant Church-linked organisation that runs the hospital rejected the claims.

Achim Balkhoff told The Associated Press on Thursday the objects couldn't have been left in the patient's body during the operation because the equipment wasn't in use at the hospital. He added that the compensation demands were "unusually high" for such a case.

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