Doctors in Vietnam have removed a pair of scissors left in a man’s abdomen for 18 years.
Ma Van Nhat, a 54-year-old man, visited hospital after being involved in a road accident last month. While doctors completed an ultrasound test a sharp instrument was found lying to the left of his stomach.
A second check in a hospital showed there was a 15cm pair of surgical scissors nestling next to his colon.
Specialist surgeons were flown from Hanoi to assist at the operation in Thai Nguyen Province in the north of the country.
Van Nhat says they may have been left inside him during a 1998 operation at Bac Kan General Hospital following another road accident.
He had noticed nothing since that time apart from some recent stomach pain, which did not respond to painkillers. The surgeons who carried out the three-hour procedure note the rusty handles of the scissors had become stuck to some nearby organs.