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After Waking to Find Unwanted Breast Implants, She Sued

Donna Finegan-White opted to have a mastectomy in October 2014
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2018 7:11 AM CDT
A stock photo of the very thing that Donna Finegan-White didn't want.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A UK woman went into the hospital in October 2014 to have a double mastectomy and woke to find she had breasts—and sued over it. Donna Finegan-White alleged that upon emerging from the elective surgery, which she opted to have due to a family history of breast cancer, she discovered that she had been given breast implants. The Times of London reports she had not consented to the procedure, and that the implants' size was larger than her natural breasts had been. And she was stuck with them: The 44-year-old wasn't able to have them removed for quite some time (reports differ as to whether it was February 2015 or February 2016), and in the interim she experienced swelling, intense pain, and "a significant psychological reaction," per People.

But all was not smooth post-removal: She says she developed a blood clot that required surgery. The Daily Mail reports she settled with the hospital in 2016 for £10,000, or what would currently be about $13,000, and it explains why a years-old case is in the news: The Mail reports she intends to sue the Great Western Hospital Trust again, this time for not spotting tumors that showed up on her 2014 CT scan. She says she learned in March that she has terminal cancer of the trachea, and says doctors admitted to her the tumors were present on the 2014 scan but they missed them. (Read more mastectomy stories.)

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