Waldport, Oregon resident Ben Sebastiani was admitted to the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center for heart surgery in December 2007. Although the procedure was completed successfully, Sebastiani left the hospital with an unwanted souvenir of the surgery – namely, a ten-inch piece of copper wire that he claims was negligently left behind by the team of medical personnel who worked on him. The artifact was discovered a year later by another doctor to whom Sebastiani was referred when he developed a bacterial infection in the area that proved resistant to standard treatments. Sebastiani filed a lawsuit against the hospital and two staff members, seeking a combined total of more than $300,000 in damages.
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