Our client had undergone colon surgery in a hospital in the western part of the state. He was schedule to be hospitalized for about 5 days but when he did not recover as he should have efforts were made to find out why. The surgeon eventually watched a videotape of the surgery and noticed that he had not retrieved the same number of sponges that he had used in the surgery. This mishap necessitated another operation and more days in the hospital. The surgeon and hospital contributed to a settlement of $60,000 in this case.