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A 22-year-old hospital patient has told how he woke up in agony during a lung operation but was unable to tell the surgeons because he'd been temporarily paralysed by sedatives.
Horrified Mathias Strom - from Vaxjo, Sweden - could feel every cut of the surgeon's scalpel and listened to the medical team chatting about his progress as he endured 35 minutes of consciousness before passing out because of the pain.
He told an investigation into the collapsed lung op: "It was terrible, my worst nightmare.
"I could hear the doctors and nurses speaking and the pain became more and more intense.
"My brain kept telling me over and over, ‘Say your name, say something, do something, wiggle your toes.'
"But I was completely incapable of saying something or moving my body at all.
'My first words when I woke up were, ‘What the hell have you done? Hell, my back hurts, where’s the anaesthesia?’," he added in a report to Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare.
Officials say they are investigating the claim.
"It is still difficult on and off. It was the worst thing I could imagine. I still find it hard to sleep sometimes," said Strom.
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