Tennessee man died roughly a month after a surgeon at Tristar Centennial hospital in Nashville allegedly left a needle inside of him after performing open heart surgery, a lawsuit filed by the man’s family claims. The needle was reportedly lost inside the body of 73-year-old John Burns Johnson while he underwent heart surgery in May 2017.
The needle was reportedly lost inside the body of 73-year-old John Burns Johnson while he underwent heart surgery in May 2017. According to the lawsuit reviewed by The Tennessean, the surgeon, identified as Dr. Sreekumar Subramanian, realized he was missing a surgical needle after closing Johnson’s chest upon completion of the nine-hour procedure.
An X-ray later confirmed the needle was inside the man’s body. A second surgery was performed to remove the needle, but the surgeon was “unable to remove it,” the newspaper reported, noting it wasn’t clear if the device was unable to be found or if it was not in a position to be removed.
Johnson died about a month later, the lawsuit claims.
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