A Russian woman has discovered that she has been walking around with a metal surgical clamp in her belly for 23 years. It was left there after a caesarean section in the Republican Clinical Hospital in Vladikavkaz, the capital of the Russian republic of North Ossetia.
Ezeta Gobeeva, 62, has been in pain for years. The doctors blamed liver problems and prescribed pain killers.
The woman had had a caesarean section in 1996 and the six-centimeter-long clamp has remained in her body ever since. The woman from North Ossetia eventually had an X-ray made to find out the cause behind her abdominal pain.
Gobeeva cried when doctors showed her the x-ray. The radiographer thought she had scissors in her pocket, but soon realized that there was a metal tool in the woman’s belly, the patient tells the British newspaper Daily Mail. “You have scissors in you,” she told Gobeeva. “What scissors?” I asked. She showed me the x-ray and I don’t remember anything afterwards. I was hysterical. All those years I was tortured. ”
The Russian is not yet released from the surgical clamp, which looks like a pair of scissors. She is waiting for an operation to remove it. “These pains were terrible. I’m still on medication.”
The health ministry in the North Ossetia-Alania region confirmed with the local newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that there is an internal scandal investigation. “The investigation is ongoing. The minister personally supervises the situation,” said spokeswoman Irina Abaeva.
The authorities reimburse all medical costs for the operations to remove the clamp and Gobeeva is also expected to receive financial compensation.