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megimoo
06-04-2008, 09:17 PM
" Now they need to look for the 'face cloth'!

TOKYO - Doctors who carried out surgery on a Japanese man to remove a "tumour" had good news and bad news for him. He did not have cancer -- but the "growth" that had been causing him pain was in fact a 25-year-old surgical towel.

The patient had been carrying the cloth since 1983, when surgeons at the Asahi General Hospital in Chiba prefecture near Tokyo left it in him after an operation to treat an ulcer, a spokesman for the hospital said.The man, now 49, went in to another hospital in late May after suffering abdominal pain.

When examinations found what was believed to be an eight-centimetre (3.2-inch) tumour, he underwent the operation to remove it. It was only then that surgeons realised it was a towel.

"The towel was greenish blue although we are not sure about its original colour," the Asahi General Hospital spokesman said, adding it had been crumpled to the size of a softball.
Asahi hospital officials visited the man and apologised, he said.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080604/od_afp/healthjapanoffbeat

LogansPapa
06-05-2008, 02:10 PM
:eek:Surprised they didnít have some kind of tempura recipe for it and served the sucker up.

Phillygirl
06-05-2008, 02:27 PM
:eek:Surprised they didnít have some kind of tempura recipe for it and served the sucker up.

As thought I wasn't sickened by the initial story. Thanks. :rolleyes:

noonwitch
06-05-2008, 02:41 PM
As thought I wasn't sickened by the initial story. Thanks. :rolleyes:

On the up side, this will probably prevent me from hitting the oriental buffets for a few weeks.

patriot45
06-05-2008, 05:31 PM
Wow, no trillion dollar lawsuit!?!