Disturbing find after woman wrongly given chemotherapy for two years

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A young woman was wrongly given chemotherapy for two years after doctors mistook a piece of medical sponge they left in her neck as her tumour returning.

In an interview with Newsflash, 22-year-old Adriana Caballero said she was "diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 2019, for which I had surgery and chemotherapy". 

"Then I had radiotherapy in September 2020," she said.

"When they (doctors) saw the lump persisted and all the PET-CT scans said there was something in the area of the operation, I was operated on on 5th May and, after nearly two years, they removed a surgical haemostatic sponge from me.

Adriana Caballero, 22, was wrongly given chemotherapy for nearly two years. Source: Newsflash/Australscope
Adriana Caballero, 22, was wrongly given chemotherapy for nearly two years. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

"That sponge doesn't appear in any report and its existence was unknown because it had grown a few millimetres and they decided to operate, thinking it could be the illness again."

Ms Caballero intends to sue the Hospital Universitario del Henares in Coslada in Spain for malpractice and negligence.

Not only did she receive completely unnecessary treatment – with all its negative side effects – but she also lost her job.

"It was a six-month contract and it was going to be indefinite. But when it ended, they couldn't renew it because my illness was long-term," she told Newsflash.

Ms Caballero says she is not the hospital's only victim of negligence.

"At Hospital del Henares, two others have lost their lives – Nuria and Emilio – and as a result their relatives created a Facebook page, Negligencias Hospital del Henares, to get justice," she told Newsflash.

"We do not want this to happen again, we want an inspection, and, above all, we want liability."

– Australscope

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