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Norway: A woman’s stomach tore open

Posted by African Press International on April 12, 2007

A 31-year-old mother got a horrifying shock after a Caesarian section at St. Olav’s Hospital in Trondheim.

St. Olav’s Hospital in Trondheim.

PHOTO: GORM KALLESTAD/SCANPIX

Tone Lise Johannessen bore a daughter by Caesarian section at St. Olav’s, and on Sunday a midwife removed the outer stitches from the operation, newspaper VG reports.

“When I got up, I felt my entire stomach tear. I got help from hospital staff and was put into a bed. Then I saw that my intestines and the contents of my abdomen had fallen out,” Johannessen said.

According to VG, the thread used to sew up after the Caesarian has been under discussion at the hospital, and several doctors at St. Olav’s have contacted management to try and have it replaced by a different type used earlier.

“When a new purchasing contract began, we said that there was some dissatisfaction from our surgeons. The maternity hospital made a request saying we wanted to use a different thread than the one chosen,” maternity hospital leader Fredrik Sunde told VG.

Physician Ilka Clements at the National Center for Fetal Medicine said that the new thread is hard to knot and that the knots come undone.

The decision to switch materials at St. Olav’s came two years ago and hospital director Gunnar Bovim said that the choice was not linked to cost-cutting measures. Bovim said the decision was made at the regional level and that he was aware that certain circles at St. Olav’s wanted the old thread back in use.

Purchasing chief Marie Elisabeth Sverri did not want to comment on the cost of the new thread compared to the old.

By Morten Andersen and Jonathan Tisdall

Lifted and published by African Press in Norway, apn, africanpress@chello.no tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.aftenposteneng

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