MAEBASHI, Gunma Pref. – A man bled to death in early June after a surgeon at Gunma University Hospital mistakenly sewed a catheter onto his heart and ripped the right atrium while trying to remove it the following day, hospital officials said Friday.
Police have begun investigating the case as suspected professional negligence resulting in death after receiving the report from the hospital in Maebashi.
Hospital officials apologized to man’s family, and Yasuo Morishita, the director, said: “The operation wasn’t an easy one but there is no doubt a mistake was made. We feel very sorry for the family.”
According to the hospital, the surgeon, who conducted the heart valve operation on the male patient in his 70s, planned to leave the catheter inside him to monitor his heart, but had erroneously sewn it onto the heart.
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