Bridgeport resident, army vet sues VA over scalpel left in body after surgery

<p>An Army veteran who says someone left a scalpel inside him after surgery is suing a West Haven veteran&rsquo;s affairs hospital.</p>

News 12 Staff

Jan 16, 2018, 11:49 AM

Updated 2,323 days ago

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An Army veteran who says someone left a scalpel inside him after surgery is suing a West Haven veteran’s affairs hospital.
Glenford Turner, of Bridgeport, says the scalpel was only discovered years later, after he suffered from long-term abdominal pain.
Turner sued the VA in U.S. District Court last week, seeking unspecified compensatory damages.
According to court papers, Turner had surgery at the VA hospital back 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 scalpel. His lawyer says doctors confirmed it was the same one. The lawyer calls it "an incomprehensible level of incompetence."
The VA said Monday it doesn't typically comment on pending litigation.
AP wire services helped contribute to this report.


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