Doctor Misreads Test, Tells Woman She's Dying
After unneeded chemo, she wins $367K
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2013 6:21 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A Texas doctor has been found guilty of medical malpractice, but there's at least the sliver of a silver lining: His mistake was misreading lab results and telling a perfectly healthy woman that she was dying of breast cancer, reports the Houston Chronicle. So that woman is fine, if understandably traumatized. Herlinda Garcia, 54, had to go through seven months of chemotherapy—obviously unnecessary, as it turns out—and begin preparing herself, her husband, and their four kids for her death. She lived with the diagnosis for more than a year, until a medical center conducted routine scans before treating her for anxiety. For all that, a jury awarded her $367,500 last week.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Jul 23, 2013 11:46 PM CDT
Doctor to patient, "I have good news and I have bad news." Patient, "What is the good news." Doctor, "Well you do have three days to live to get your affairs in order." Patient, "So what would be the bad news?" "I forgot to call you three days ago."
TomFlores
Jul 22, 2013 12:46 AM CDT
What about all that money spent for the Chemo as a unnecessary medical treatment is that money reimbursed?
eatthebankers
Jul 20, 2013 5:07 PM CDT
Her husband and children also went through this. Where is their compensation? They poisoned her for 7 months, while she prepared her children of her probable death. Then they make her go through a trial also? This is so wrong.