A man in Vietnam is recovering after doctors discovered and removed a pair of scissors that had been lodged in his abdominal cavity for nearly two decades.
After Ma Van Nhat reported experiencing stomach pains late last year, an ultrasound revealed a pair of scissors stuck in the 54-year-old man’s abdomen. The tool had been left behind following a surgery he underwent in 1998 following a car accident.
The surgery to remove the six-inch long scissors took about three hours.
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Nhat had no idea the scissors had been left behind, and said he had a “pretty normal life” since his car accident in 1998.
Officials are currently searching for the doctors who left the scissors behind.
Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.