Confidential settlement at mediation. R.H. v. [Hospital] and [Doctor] Superior Court of Dekalb County, Decatur, Georgia. Plaintiff had a c-section for the birth of her son and a laparotomy pad (sponge) was inadvertently left inside her abdomen by the surgeon and OR nursing staff. Plaintiff suffered an abdominal abscess that required draining on two occasions including the removal of the pad via laparoscopic surgery.