A mother-of-two from England was misdiagnosed with cancer three years ago, with doctors telling her that she had a particularly aggressive form of illness that would require intensive treatment and surgery.
The patient, Sarah Boyle, underwent chemotherapy and a double mastectomy before doctors realized that the test results had been erroneously reported. As she turns out, Boyle did not have cancer at all, but now that the hospital has admitted its mistake, she is looking for more than a simple apology.
Boyle initially went to her doctor at Royal Stoke Hospital after having trouble donating . The hospital performed a scan and then a biopsy, ultimately delivering the devastating news that she had triple-negative breast cancer
Triple-negative breast cancer has fewer treatment options than other forms, but accepting chemotherapy is still an option. To fight the disease, Boyle did just that, while also having a double mastectomy to remove the allegedly cancerous tissue.
Months later, her doctor determined that Boyle had never had cancer at all, and that the biopsy results originally misreported. The hospital admitted its mistake and offered an apology.
Her claims include the obvious trauma and stress on false diagnosis, but also the fact that she has been unable to breastfeed her youngest son due to treatment and surgery. Additionally, Boyle's breast implants received during reconstruction may be linked to other forms of cancer, and chemotherapy may have reduced her future fertility
A trust that runs the hospital called misdiagnosis "exceptionally rare" and noted that "all invasive