Docs Miss Fatal Toilet Brush in Drunk’s Butt

A British woman died because doctors failed to notice that she had a 6-inch piece of toilet brush—the handle part, not the brush part—embedded in her buttock after a drunken fall, an inquest found. It took 2 years for doctors to discover the source of the woman’s chronic pain, by which time it had become embedded in her pelvis, making surgery difficult and dangerous. After two unsuccessful operations to remove the brush, the 35-year-old mother died from complications during a third operation, the Telegraph reports. Her husband plans to sue the local health authority, which the coroner ruled was responsible for a “serious failure.” The coroner said he had no doubt that the woman would be alive today if doctors had made more extensive examinations earlier instead of sending her home with painkillers when an initial X-ray failed to spot anything.

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8 Responses to Docs Miss Fatal Toilet Brush in Drunk’s Butt

  1. Mother Hen

    May 20, 2010 at 8:32 am

    You would not believe how often women’s pains are dismissed. Here is a creature built for having a cantaloupe sized being pass out of a golfball sized hole (bones actually move- and you can feel them doing so!) You’d think that if a lady says she has some serious butt-hurt, that doctors would perk up and listen. How could something like this have been missed on an xray?

  2. Holte Ender

    May 20, 2010 at 8:34 am

    “Fell” on a toilet brush. Fell my ass (pun intended).

  3. Jess

    May 20, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Ouch, how did they miss this on an xray is probably just repeating the obvious here.

  4. Barbara

    May 20, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    OUCH! How did she not know about this? Golly!

  5. Bugzilla

    May 21, 2010 at 7:54 am

    I would blame the doctors if people visited them with butts up their asses on a regular basis. For heaven’s sake, if I was a doctor, a toilet brush is probably the last thing I would think of.

  6. Magicass

    May 25, 2010 at 6:45 am

    The woman was fat and ugly. If she were not so fat, the brush in her ass cheek would have been discovered. This is not the fault of the hospital at all. She died as a result of being fat and drunk. Her own doing. Not the hospital or anyone who worked there.

  7. Mother Hen

    May 25, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I never saw a photo of her to judge the truth of your words, Magicass (though I have to say I love your screen name). If you have one (a photo) can you post a link?

    No matter how fat her butt was, an xray should’ve picked it up. But I’ve read that 30% or more of radiology films are read incorrectly.

  8. Link.Back.16

    December 11, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Like your place.