Double mastectomy performed by accident on woman!

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  1. Principessa

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    Medical mix-up, unnecessary mastectomy
    Cancer-free woman underwent double mastectomy because of lab mix-up
    By Mike Celizic
    TODAYShow.com contributor - Updated: 8:46 a.m. ET Oct 4, 2007


    Because of a mislabeled tissue sample that led to a misdiagnosis, Darrie Eason had both of her breasts removed to save her from a cancer that she never had.

    No amount of money will make Eason whole again, but the Long Island, N.Y., woman hopes that her experience and a lawsuit she is pressing may help other women.

    “Maybe if people hear about my case, they’ll know. Maybe somebody will do something differently next time,” she told TODAY co-host Meredith Vieira during an interview Thursday. “I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”

    Eason is a 35-year-old single mother who works in the accounts receivable department of a local community newspaper chain. She has a 15-year-old son.

    In 2006, she was told she needed to undergo a radical double mastectomy because she had an invasive form of breast cancer.

    “I just broke down and cried,” she recalled of the moment she got the diagnosis.

    Eason went to another doctor for a second opinion, and was again told she had cancer. The doctor relied on the same mislabeled tissue sample.
    “I was told I had lobular breast cancer, which everybody said would come back,” she told Vieira.

    Armed with that information, she had both breasts removed and underwent the first phase of reconstructive surgery in May 2006.
    While waiting to heal so she could begin chemotherapy, her surgeon, who had submitted removed tissue to a lab for routine testing, told her that something was wrong: She didn’t have cancer.

    “You can’t even explain it,” Eason said of her emotions when she was told she had had both her breasts removed for no reason.

    An investigation by the New York State Department of Health would reveal that the lab that handled her biopsy samples, CBLPath medical laboratory of Rye Brook, N.Y., had mixed up her sample with that of another woman.
    The other woman, who actually did have breast cancer, was told she was cancer-free. Only when Eason’s error was discovered did the other woman, who has not been identified, learn that she had cancer.

    “She has to live with the idea that she had breast cancer and hers was not diagnosed at the earliest possible time,” said Eason’s attorney, Steven Pegalis, of the other woman.

    The state report said “the most likely source of the error” was the technician engaging in a practice called “batching,” which involves handling more than one specimen at a time.

    Second opinion, second test
    NBC’s chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, said Eason’s case underlines the absolute necessity in a lab of handling samples one at a time and double-checking every piece of identifying information.
    She said Eason’s experience also demonstrates that when patients get second opinions, they have to get a second lab report on the tissue samples as well. When Eason confirmed her diagnosis with another doctor, she gave him the original lab reports, which were mislabeled.

    “When you get the second opinion, ask that the slides themselves be sent to a second lab,” Snyderman said. “Don’t just send the report — then you’re just passing around a bad report.”

    The state health department determined that CBLPath’s error was isolated and found “no systemic problems and no deficiencies” at the lab. Eason’s attorney, Steven Pegalis, told Vieira he’s not so sure.

    “It may be one person, but personally I doubt it. One of the things we may learn is ‘Was there a system failure, and if so, what can be done to improve the system?’ Personally, I doubt this is a one-time event by someone who was careless for one time in his or her life,” he said.

    Pegalis said he waited a year to file Eason’s lawsuit because he wanted to make certain that she didn’t sue someone who did nothing wrong, including the surgeons who operated in good faith on information they had no way of knowing was flawed.

    “We didn’t want to include a physician who had done right by Darrie,” he said. “We spent some time making sure no physicians were involved in the case.”


    © 2007 MSNBC Interactive
    URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21127917/



    My heart goes out to this poor woman and her family! I cannot begin to imagine how awful she must be feeling.
     
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    Not to sound like a heartless bastard, but what the hell kind of person willingly undergoes a double mastectomy without obtaining a second opinion?

    Seriously, folks...if your doctor is talking to you about cutting shit off, GET A SECOND OPINION!!!
     
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    She did get a second opinion! She didn't know she was supposed to request a second biopsy be done by a different lab. The 2nd oncologist examined the first tissue sample which was cancerous.

     
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    thats horrible :(

    Having a part of your body cut out, for any reason, is bad enough. when its for no reason at all..ugh that would make me sick.

    Accidents like this can have very traumatizing results...its just terrible.
     
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    That happened to a friend of my parents. He was misdiagnosed with Prostate cancer that he never had. He had it removed and then found out he never had the cancer in the first place. That is totally tragic.
     
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    I saw that report, and while it's tragic, it's not the 'big problem' that they made it out to be. They said that accidents like this happened 160,000 times last year. That means it happens less than one percent of the time. It's tragic, but there's nothing we can really do about it. The lab followed all mandatory procedures. Humans make mistakes.
     
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    Humans do make mistakes, but there should be enough people checking things that one person's mistake doesn't result in a major fuck-up. Also, just because there is a relatively low percentage of devastating mistakes doesn't mean there shouldn't be more pressure to reduce these mistakes even further.
     
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    This is an horrendous thing to happen. But you also have to spare a moments thought for those people who's tissue sample was mislabelled and they DIDN'T get their diagnosis of cancer.

    If she got someone else's tissue sample, was that person actually diagnosed in time?

    If not, they wouldn't even be around now, at all!
     
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    Shes pretty fat and ugly so I doubt those tits were getting any use anyways.
     
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    That's not nice.
     
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    She's a single mother, and a finer human being than you could ever hope to be asshole.:mad:



    Gee, how nice to be so young and cavalier! :cool: Would you feel the same way if it had been you mother, sister, or girlfriend? Better yet what if they removed both of your testicles and then said, "oops, our bad they didn't have cancer."

    I disagree, there is something we can do about it. Labs can stop hiring incompetent people with little knowledge of the english language let alone human biology and the myriad of diseases which can afflict us. Each and every one of us need to become proactive advocates for our own health care. It's tedious and time consuming work but it could save your life.
     
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