Addenbrooke's Hospital payout as equipment left in patient
A hospital has apologised and paid £7,000 in compensation to a man who had surgical equipment left inside him following an operation.
Michael O'Sullivan had a liver transplant at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge last year, but a silicon mat was left inside him, his lawyer said.
Rebecca Brown, from Russell Jones and Walker Solicitors, said the patient's health could have been "endangered".
A hospital spokesman said it "deeply regretted" what had happened.
Ms Brown said a hospital negligence claim was agreed between Mr O'Sullivan and the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust following the mistake in September 2011.Wrong body part
She said after the initial transplant operation, a further CT scan returned abnormal results and so another operation was carried out.
During that procedure doctors found an A4-sized silicon lapromat inside Mr O'Sullivan, which had been used to protect his bowel while the liver was operated on, the law firm said.
Ms Brown said: "The ordeal has been incredibly stressful for Mr O'Sullivan, whose health could have been endangered by the mistake."
A hospital spokesman said: "We deeply regret the incident and have apologised to the patient."
Last month, health watchdog Monitor said it was taking action against the Cambridgeshire NHS trust after eight "never events" - instances which are never supposed to happen - had occurred between September 2011 and August.
Four botched operations took place at Addenbrooke's in just six weeks last year, including surgeons operating on the wrong body part of a patient.