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Woman awarded millions for wrong diagnosis

By Sapa | Nov 14, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 15 ]

The Limpopo health department will pay a woman millions after she was misdiagnosed with cancer in 2005, causing her to unnecessarily undergo a double mastectomy and chemotherapy.

According to papers before the High Court in Pretoria, a 49-year-old Rustenburg housewife claims she was misdiagnosed by a doctor in a provincial hospital as having an aggressive breast cancer.

After her operation and chemotherapy she discovered she never had cancer. The woman claimed more than R9.9 million from Limpopo health authorities in 2005. They admitted negligence and agreed to pay damages.

The matter was due to go on trial this week. Health authorities had agreed to pay 80 percent of the damages the woman could prove.

The province agreed to pay damages arising from, among others, the diagnosis of the woman by doctors at Polokwane Hospital's oncology clinic from May to November 2005, the subsequent bilateral mastectomy and the chemotherapy. The province would also pay her legal costs.

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Do this doctors even go to school for knowledge or money?

Nov 14, 2012 12:6 | 0 replies

at lleast they admited gore they are negligent, they swallowed their pride

Nov 21, 2012 9:8 | 0 replies

this is a specialist

Nov 20, 2012 4:15 | 0 replies

@Tango

For the first to hear that Univen offers medical qualifications.I am enrollling in 2013

Nov 19, 2012 3:38 | 0 replies

@ Tango
i dont believe that you think that these doctors are from University of Limpopo or Venda, you are a disgrace to this country.
Most doctors today are not in this proffession because of passion but because of money and that puts our lives at risk.

Nov 14, 2012 2:51 | 0 replies

@Tango

dankie shem you just made my day
lmao lmao lmao lmao lmao lmao lmao

Nov 14, 2012 2:14 | 0 replies

@ Tsinyiko
with the sound of your name Zim is not that far from you neh, Hamba

Nov 14, 2012 1:59 | 0 replies

This is the next big thing (after tenderprenuer) .... Just sue them for anything that comes to your mind, you will never lose against DZU.MAS REGI.ME, NEVER ...

Your child fails at school, sue them ...
You get robbed, sue them, ...
No medicine at clinics or hospitals, sue their incompetent FAT ass.ess, ...
They overcharge you on Municipality services, sue them, ...
You don’t get enough sleep at night, sue them, ...
No bread at your nearest convenience store, you know what to do, and ....
Every time they open their stinking mouths, Just F&^K*&^ sue them ....

You will never lose against these Losers, NEVER.

Nov 14, 2012 1:41 | 0 replies

Eish Doctors from University of Limpopo and University of Venda

Nov 14, 2012 1:39 | 0 replies

@Naked ...
tru that my sista ... we are headed for dezasta ... i am migrating to Zim in Jan2013 ! ! ! !

Nov 14, 2012 12:38 | 0 replies

I dont trust doctors from this country.The education sytsem is messed up.Everything you can think of is messed up!! As long as a Bl ck man is stil in power - this country wil remain messed up - period!!

Nov 14, 2012 12:26 | 0 replies