"A misdiagnosis of this kind is exceptionally rare and we understand how devastating this has been for Sarah and her family," the spokesperson of the hospital apologized for the grave "human error."
A woman has been left traumatized after she was forced to undergo months of grueling chemotherapy and surgeries due to an aggressive form of breast cancer, which later turned out to be a misdiagnosis.
Sarah Boyle, 28, is still struggling to come to terms with the unnecessary double mastectomy she had to undergo a few years due to a blatant "human error" says reports. "Being told I had cancer was awful, but then to go through all of the treatment and surgery, to then be told it was unnecessary was traumatizing," the Stoke-on-Trent resident was quoted as saying by BBC.
'You can't take away the trauma'— Victoria Derbyshire (@VictoriaLIVE) 23 July 2019
Sarah Boyle, 28 underwent chemotherapy and a double mastectomy before doctors said she had been wrongly diagnosed with breast cancer. pic.twitter.com/IlBtuZF2pe
The struggle began when Boyle, then 25, was a mother of a six-month-old boy, Teddy and began experiencing difficulty breastfeeding. According to BBC, she noticed her son appeared "very distressed" whenever she attempted to feed him from her right breast.
Hence, she rushed to the Royal Stoke University Hospital to get herself checked. Following biopsy and scan, Boyle was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer towards the end of 2016. With the support of her husband, Steven, 31, she began battling this disease, undergoing months of treatment which, according to reports, could potentially disrupt her fertility.
Every day Boyle lived in the constant fear of leaving her beloved toddler and husband behind as the cancerous cells were supposedly not responding to the treatment.
However, in July 2017, the hospital realized their blunder and communicated the same to their patient who was absolutely enraged. "I got a phone call about a week after my mastectomy, and I think anyone going through treatment will understand this, but if you get a phone call early you instantly are scared," said Boyle who learned that that the lump she had was indeed benign, according to The Sun.
‘There’s no one I can talk to – I’m looking for someone who has been through this to help’— Victoria Derbyshire (@VictoriaLIVE) 23 July 2019
Sarah Boyle had a mastectomy and eight rounds of chemotherapy after wrongly being diagnosed with breast cancer. pic.twitter.com/8YuG7clW41
The blow was intensified after learning that the breast implants she got during a reconstructive surgery had the potential risk of her having developing cancer in the future.
"As if that wasn’t bad enough, I am now worried about the possibility of actually developing cancer in the future because of the type of implants I have and I am also worried about complications that I may face because of my chemotherapy," she said, according to The Independent. Boyle went on to become the mother of another boy, Louis, who she could not breastfeed and it was all due to a human error. "And while I was delighted when I gave birth to Louis, it was really heartbreaking when I couldn't breastfeed him," she confessed.
"While nothing will change what I’ve been through, I really need some answers on what is being done to make sure nobody else suffers in the same way I have," said Boyle who is now looking for some answers.
"This is a truly shocking case in which a young mother has faced heartbreaking news and a grueling period of extensive treatment, only to be told that it was not necessary," said Boyle's lawyer, Sarah Sharples who works as an expert at the Irwin Mitchell solicitors.
Sarah Boyle, 28, also underwent chemotherapy and reconstructive surgery before being told she didn't even have breast cancer.— Mohamoud M Enow (@EnowMohamoud) 19 July 2019
Mum, 28, had chemotherapy and mastectomy only to be told she did not have cancer https://t.co/cJSKEpzHkX
"The entire experience has had a huge impact on Sarah in many ways. While we welcome that the NHS Trust has admitted to the clear failings, we are yet to hear if any improvements have been put in place to prevent something like this happening again. We are also deeply concerned following reports surrounding the type of implants Sarah has, with suspicions over their potential link to a rare form of cancer," she added.
"Understandably, Sarah has a number of questions that need to be answered with regards to this and it has caused her significant distress," continued Sharples.
'If that was my mum, I wouldn't want her to feel awful or sad'— This Morning (@thismorning) 22 July 2019
Despite being misdiagnosed with cancer and undergoing unnecessary chemotherapy and a double mastectomy, Sarah doesn’t blame the care professionals who looked after her. pic.twitter.com/oSbdjxrZJ7
As per reports, the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust has now admitted liability in the case of medical negligence. A spokesperson from the Hospital said, "A misdiagnosis of this kind is exceptionally rare and we understand how devastating this has been for Sarah and her family. In addition to an unreserved apology to Sarah, the findings of the investigation have been shared with her and the case is now part of an ongoing legal claim with which the trust is cooperating fully."
The spokesperson added, "Ultimately, the misreporting of the biopsy was a human error so as an extra safeguard all invasive cancer diagnoses are now reviewed by a second pathologist. Sarah continues to be in regular contact with the clinical team who treated her and they are always available to discuss any ongoing concerns she may have."