A crushed mum has told how she went through breast cancer surgery, then found after four days she never had the disease.
Elizabeth Dawes was told she had a Grade 3 invasive tumor in her breast by staff at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton, where she works as a nurse.
The 39-year-old went through a lumpectomy and bilateral breast lift at the health facility, managed by Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.
After four days she found she had been misdiagnosed because of a ‘mix-up’ with notes.
She has been left in ‘a considerable measure of torment’ and has scarring.
The hospital has conceded obligation and apologized for the lapse and superfluous surgery.
“To be told you are facing aggressive cancer in your thirties is devastating and of course, I feared the worst and began making plans for my child and getting finances in order I was willing to undergo whatever treatment it took to fight the cancer so, when I was told I needed surgery, I did not think twice.”
“The doctor also told me I would need a bilateral breast lift to cosmetically improve the shape of my breasts, as otherwise, after having the cancer surgery I would be left deformed.”
“I was very sore after the operation and shocked by the extensive scarring, so to be recalled four days later to be told none of it was necessary was truly horrendous. I am still in pain now, have lost a lot of sensation in my breasts and the scarring has not improved, which hugely affects my self-confidence.”
Louise Hawkley, a pro therapeutic carelessness attorney at Irwin Mitchell and Elizabeth’s legal counselor, stated: “This is a truly shocking case that has left Elizabeth appalled at the unnecessary heartache and extensive scarring she has suffered as a result of being wrongly told that she had breast cancer.”