Doctors at a south-central hospital were unable to find part of a broken needle they left in the abdomen of a 35-year-old woman who gave birth by C-section on November 29.
The relatives of Truong Thi Kim Hue reported the case to Thanh Nien in Ninh Thuan Province on Saturday, saying they were really concerned about the incident.
On the same day, a representative of the Ninh Thuan General Hospital, who wanted to remain anonymous, confirmed the incident.
He said Hue was admitted to the hospital on November 29 and was 40 weeks pregnant, about to give birth.
Doctors decided on the C-section after they concluded that Hue, who had given birth once already by C-section, could not give birth naturally.
At around 9 a.m. on October 30, the surgery was successful and Hue gave birth to a 3.4 kilogram baby.
While suturing the wounds, a needle broke and doctors were unable to find a broken part of it.
Doctors decided to sew the wound as a temporary solution to avoid bleeding, the representative said.
He said Hue's health was "normal" and that the incident was unexpected.
Doctors have discussed solutions and they will conduct another surgery to take the needle part out, he said.