15 Years After Her Breast Was Wrongly Removed, Woman Gets Justice

The court has ordered almost Rs 19 lakh in compensation.

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Yashoda Goyal, a resident of Karanpur in Dehradun, who was wrongly diagnosed with breast cancer 15 years ago, has now been ordered a compensation by a consumer court.

In May 2003, Yashoda Goyal, a resident of Karanpur in Dehradun, was diagnosed with breast cancer by Dr Ahuja's Pathology and Imaging Centre in the city. Based on the diagnosis, Goyal was brought to Delhi’s Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre (RGCIRC) where the doctors, going solely by Ahuja Labs report had conducted a surgery on the patient and removed her left breast. However, later in was found that Yashoda had no cancerous growth.

Now, a consumer court in Uttarakhand has ordered close to Rs 19 lakh in compensation to the victim for “gross negligence” and has held Ahuja path lab guilty of “erroneously concluding that the patient had breast cancer”, reports The Times Of India.

The Uttarakhand State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has ordered Ahuja path labs to pay a compensation of ten lakh rupees along with seven percent interest, to be calculated from the time that the case was filed in 2006. The commission also ordered ten thousand rupees as compensation for litigation expenses.

Doctors at the RGCIRC, Delhi have refused to comment.

(With inputs from The Times Of India)

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