A hospital has apologised to a woman who underwent chemotherapy, a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, before being told she never had cancer in the first place.
UK mother-of-two Sarah Boyle 28, had undergone several rounds of gruelling chemotherapy treatment, a bilateral mastectomy and breast implants at Royal Stoke University Hospital, before discovering she had been misdiagnosed.
She has also suffered psychological trauma as a result of her ordeal and also continues to endure ongoing symptoms caused by her treatment.
Mrs Boyle, who lives in Staffordshire with husband Steven, 31, and their two children, said: “The past few years have been incredibly difficult for me and my family.
"Being told I had cancer was awful, but then to go through all of the treatment and surgery to then be told it was unnecessary was traumatising.
“And while I was delighted when I gave birth to Louis, it was really heartbreaking when I couldn’t breastfeed him.”
“As if that wasn’t bad enough, I am now worried about the possibility of actually developing cancer in the future because of the type of implants I have and I am also worried about complications that I may face because of my chemotherapy.
“While nothing will change what I’ve been through, I really need some answers on what is being done to make sure nobody else suffers in the same way I have.”
UK hospital apologises for cancer misdiagnosis
A spokesperson from University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust said: “A misdiagnosis of this kind is exceptionally rare and we understand how devastating this has been for Sarah and her family.
“In addition to an unreserved apology to Sarah, the findings of the investigation have been shared with her and the case is now part of an ongoing legal claim with which the Trust is co-operating fully.
“Ultimately the misreporting of the biopsy was a human error so as an extra safeguard all invasive cancer diagnoses are now reviewed by a second pathologist.
“Sarah continues to be in regular contact with the clinical team who treated her and they are always available to discuss any on-going concerns she may have.”
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