doctor sued for leaving sponge in patient’s spine

A Baltimore doctor who left a sponge in the back of one of his patients during surgery, and only told the patient about it after the sponge showed up on an X-ray 17 days later, has been sued for medical negligence in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

According to the complaint, Maryland Spine Center’s Dr. Spiro B. Antoniadis only admitted his mistake when Fallston resident John P. Freel developed a staph infection and had to have a large amount of fluid drained from his body.

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