The Baltimore Sun, March 31, 2011
Seventeen months after one set of Navy surgeons performed an elective hysterectomy on a Maryland woman, another set had to operate—this time to remove the surgical instrument left behind. Patient Kimberly E. Williams has filed two federal negligence lawsuits seeking millions from the United States and the makers of the disposable Gyrus Forceps, a portion of which broke off in her belly while doctors at the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in Virginia were removing her uterus in February 2008. The U.S. government claims its physicians are not responsible for the mishap, because the forceps were faulty and the piece that came off was too small to even "notice it was missing." And the company, which recalled the instrument in January 2010, says it doesn't yet know enough about the case to take or deflect the blame.