A cancer patient woke from her surgery to realise that her operation had not gone quite as planned. Ms Jasminka Velkovska had been admitted into a Macedonian hospital for a surgery to remove a carcinoma from her colon.

However, in an unusual case of surgical misstep, it was later discovered that the surgery had gone wrong and her surgeons had accidentally connected her colon to her vagina by mistake in the Balkan nation three years ago.

Cancer operation gone very wrong


Velkovska – who had been undergoing cancer treatment at the September 8th Hospital in Skopje, Macedonia – was scheduled for a surgery that would remove the carcinoma growth in her colon. However, it was later found that the operation was a botched procedure as it had mistakenly left her colon attached to her vagina.

She first realised that something was wrong when she began to pass gas out from her vagina. “While I was recovering, doctors came and asked me if I was passing gas, and I said yes, but it’s coming out of my vagina,” she said.

“They told me that it would soon pass and I would be okay, but stuff had started to come out of my vagina and I was feeling scared and it was all very unpleasant.”

Her fears were confirmed when an X-ray indicated that her colon and vagina had been tied together. Even worse, the scan also found that her carcinoma was still intact in her colon and had not been removed. As a result, Velkovska needed to undergo surgery once more to correct the surgical blunder and remove the cancerous growth.

She opted to have the growth removed at another hospital. The September 8th Hospital has since offered her more than $33,000 in compensation for the surgical error.

Other horrifying surgical mistakes


Unfortunately, Ms Velkovska is not the only victim of surgical malpractice. In fact, statistics by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) revealed that from 2012 to 2016, there were 1,180 instances of surgical errors.

Other patients who have undergone similar botched surgeries include a man who had his entire right testicle removed by mistake. In 2007, a man woke from a surgery to find that a surgery on his right testicle had gone terribly wrong. In the process of cutting out a cyst on it, doctors had accidentally removed the entire testicle.

In 2011, a surgical mistake took a tragic turn when a pregnant woman suffering from appendicitis had her ovary removed instead of her appendix. The infected appendix which had been left intact inside her body resulted in further complications. When the surgical mistake was discovered a few days later, it was too late. The mistake eventually led to the patient’s miscarriage, and she later died on the operating table. MIMS

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http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/true-stories/doctors-connect-cancer-patients-vagina-to-her-colon-in-horrifying-surgical-mistake/news-story/fae204be60acca3dd282bf594e6d2208
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