A woman has received a hysterectomy before later finding out she didn’t need the procedure.
Taylor Castillo, from Denver in the US state of Colorado, had her first child in 2015 but struggled to conceive a second one the following year, news station 4WWL reports.
In 2018 she visited an obstetrician and had to undergo a biopsy after she and her husband received a number of negative tests in trying to have a second child.
A sample was sent to Swedish Medical Centre Pathology Department for observation and it was found she had malignant cells.
A high-grade serous carcinoma of tubal or ovarian origin was discovered and Ms Castillo was told she couldn’t harvest and freeze her eggs either.
In August last year doctors at the Swedish Medical Centre performed a hysterectomy on her. It was deemed a success with no tumours or cancerous cells found after the surgery.
Ms Castillo then asked if the tissue from the biopsy could undergo a DNA test.
But this time the result was different. A test by NeoGenomics Laboratories in the US found Ms Castillo never had cancer.
“I thought I was saving my life, and it was completely unnecessary,” she told 4WWL.
Cancerous cells in the original sample had come from someone else.
Ms Castillo wants to know how the sample was compromised and is concerned for whoever owns the cancerous cells.
She’s yet to launch legal action but is still upset over what happened.
“I was put on instant menopause at the age of 35,” she told the news station.
“I’m actually higher risk for breast cancer now, heart disease, osteoporosis, all these things I have to live with because I’m 15 years early in menopause.”
The hospital offered its sympathies to the family, adding it was a rare event.
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