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North Texas woman passes surgical tool left inside her

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A North Texas woman had a surgical instrument left inside her after a procedure, but only found out when she passed it while using the restroom.

Crystal Barnes had surgery last week to remove a four-inch cyst from her ovary. A few days later she felt intense pain and an ambulance took her to the emergency room.

She wound up passing a surgical instrument that was a spring with a plastic assembly attached to it.

"I was like - I'm dying. Don't want my kids to see me go like this," Barnes said.

So far, Barnes has only received an apology from the doctor who performed the procedure.

Barnes saved the broken tool along with documents from her procedure, but so far two attorneys she has contacted have turned her down for a potential legal case.

"I just feel like somebody needs to be held accountable for it," Barnes said

Mike Freden, a personal injury attorney not associated with the case, said tort reform passed in 2003 in Texas makes it difficult to sue doctors.

Freden said the cost of a lawsuit could exceed what Barnes could receive in damages.

Texas law limits damages to $250,000 in most malpractice cases.

FOX4's calls to Barnes' doctor and the hospital were not returned.

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