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Patient with a towel left in abdomen gets $400,000

HOUSTON (AP) — A man suffering from colon cancer received $400,000 in a lawsuit settlement with a doctor who stitched him up after surgery but left a towel in his abdomen.

William R. Miller Jr. complained of pain after the operation at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1999. Doctors waited 73 days before they performed exploratory surgery and found the towel wrapped around his small intestine.

Miller, 70, settled the medical malpractice suit against Dr. John Skibber before it went to trial.