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Topics: Health, Hospital, Surgery

Saturday, 29 November 2008

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Dr Heuvel checking for parts

Musical instruments and car parts were among those left inside four patients after surgery, the Hospital Authority has revealed in the latest issue of its ''Be Careful Alert.''

Musical instruments and car parts including a violin, trombone and a starter motor from a fiat, the metallic brass buttons from a trumpet and the handle of a car door from a reliant robin.

The first three incidents went unnoticed until they showed up in X-rays. The car door handle was found in the patient's nostril during a suction for sputum.

In another incident, a Pakistani gentleman who required a Group O+ blood transfusion, was given Group B+ from an Indian instead.

The Pakistani man showed no major adverse reactions, but insisted wearing a turban.

A hospital doctor Dr Dennis Heuvel was quoted as saying " there is no possible cause for alarm as the musical instruments and car parts had been sterilized".

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