Army vet suing VA over scalpel left in body after surgery

Scalpel inside man for nearly 4 years

X-Ray image of a scalpel inside the body of Glenford Turner, a Bridgeport veteran that had surgery done at the VA Hospital in West Haven (Image provided by Faxon Law Group/WTNH)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — An Army veteran is suing a Veterans Administration hospital in Connecticut after he says someone left a scalpel inside him after surgery, and it was only discovered years later, after he suffered from long-term abdominal pain.

Glenford Turner, of Bridgeport, sued the VA in U.S. District Court last week.

According to court papers, Turner had surgery at the VA hospital in West Haven in 2013.

Nearly four years later, he went back to the VA with dizziness and severe abdominal pain. An X-Ray showed there was a scalpel inside his body.

Turner had to undergo surgery to remove the instrument, and his lawyer, Joel Faxon, says doctors confirmed it was the same scalpel.

Faxon calls it “an incomprehensible level of incompetence.”

The VA did not immediately return messages Monday.

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal released a statement following news of the lawsuit which read:

I’m appalled and stunned by allegations of this egregious medical malpractice case involving the West Haven VA. While the court determines liability, I have asked for a detailed explanation from VA of this deeply troubling report. I am demanding also full accountability so this kind of horrific negligence never happens again. America owes our veterans the world’s best medical care, nothing less.”

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