A NDOLA woman was left traumatized after undergoing months of chemotherapy and having her right breast removed – only to be told doctors got her cancer diagnosis wrong.
The woman has since taken doctors at Ndola Teaching Hospital and the State to court for misdiagnosing her with breast cancer.
In a statement of claim filed in the Ndola High Court, Violent Mtonga state that in 2016, she felt a lump in her right breast and went to the hospital where a biopsy was taken.
She said she then was advised that the removal of the whole breast was the only treatment followed by chemotherapy radiation at the Cancer Diseases Hospital in Lusaka.
She said upon the doctor’s advice, she consented to the total mastectomy of her right breast.
Ms Mtonga contends that after the operation, doctors from Firm A were presented with two contradictory reports, with the earlier stating that there was cancer and the later showing that there was no cancer.
She said when she went to the cancer diseases hospital in Lusaka, a doctor could not attend to her as documents she was given from NTH and Firm A lacked details and was sent back to Ndola to undergo more tests.
Ms Mtonga further state that subsequent medical tests showed no presence of any cancer and has since not received any treatment relating to the alleged cancer.
She claim that the diagnosis made on November 13, 2017, stated that she was suffering from invasive ductual carcinoma cancer was a misdiagnosis, a mistake no reasonably qualified professional could have made.
“The senior medical superintendent and the Attorney General and their doctors in Firm A and those in the Ndola laboratory owned the plaintiff a duty of care to offer the plaintiff safe treatment,” she stated
Ms Mtonga now wants the court to order for special damages of medical expenses relating to various tests, examinations and transport costs altogether at K 8,425.