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A medical instrument the size of a plate was left for a year and a half inside a woman’s stomach in New Zealand – . .

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The device that was removed was a surgical instrument known as an Alexis that stabilizes open wounds during caesarean sections

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A surgical instrument the size of a plate was left inside a New Zealand woman’s stomach after she underwent a caesarean section at an Auckland hospital.

The medical device, known as Alexis, which is in the shape of a tube to stabilize open wounds during caesarean sections, remained in the patient’s abdomen for 18 months after the births.

During this period, the woman suffered from severe pain and visited many doctors until the surgical instrument was found after she underwent a CT scan.

Health officials said the public hospital system failed the patient. Initially, the Auckland District Health Board said they had failed to provide adequate medical care.

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