Politician Calls for Jordanian Parliament to Resign After Gynecologist Allegedly Leaves Phone in Woman’s Abdomen

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According to a reporter in Ramallah, home of the Palestinian Authority, a Jordanian gynecologist supposedly left a cell phone in a woman’s abdomen in April when performing a Cesarean section to deliver her son, prompting a call for the Jordanian government to resign.

The alleged incident gave Jordanian Parliament member Salim Al Bataynah an opportunity to vent his spleen against the government, somehow using the incident to blame the government. He said, “In countries which show respect to their nations, and following such scandals, governments usually resign. The Parliament should show responsibility and be on the level of the case.”

Jordanian Health Ministry spokesman Hatem Al Azrae blasted the story, saying it was “baseless and a fabricated one.” He said the Ministry is investigating the charges.

Hanan Mahmoud Abdul Karim, 36, attests that on April 24, she went to a private hospital in Amman for the delivery, and the gynecologist left his mobile phone inside her. Majeda Abdul Hamid, Karim’s mother, told the media that after Hanan was discharged, her stomach started vibrating. She stated, “My daughter suffered serious pains and could not move. I brought her back to the hospital where she was treated but nothing was done for her.”

According to the family, Hanan then went to the casualty department of Al Bashir public hospital in Amman, where the phone was discovered in X-rays. Doctors then operated and removed the phone.


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