Man Says MRI Left Him With 2-Inch-Deep Hole in Stomach

He's suing the hospital
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2018 5:28 PM CST
Man Says MRI Left Him With 2-Inch-Deep Hole in Stomach
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A 72-year-old man with diabetes is suing a California hospital after he says an MRI burned a 2-inch-deep hole into his stomach, KTLA reports. Nick Kruth went to Glendale Adventist Medical Center in 2016 because he had low blood pressure and his legs felt weak, and doctors ordered a series of tests. However, Kruth says a tab from his electrocardiogram was left on his stomach and he experienced serious pain during the MRI. "So I think at that time, ‘Maybe if I'm gonna die in there, let me die,'" Kruth says.

Kruth says after the test a technician found the tab, which contained metal, and realized it had burned a deep hole in his stomach. "He did describe that when they peeled it off, it was still sizzling, like a cooking egg,” Kruth's son says. Kruth says the burn hasn't healed right and still causes him pain. One of his lawyers says the MRI technician ignored Kruth's complaints during the test; another lawyer says the hospital should have checked Kruth more thoroughly prior to the MRI. Glendale Adventist Medical Center hasn't commented. (A man in India was killed when he was sucked into an MRI machine in a freak accident.)

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