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Woman Is Mistakenly Given Chemo for Two Years after Doctor's Mistake

Brittany Chalmers
Jul 14, 2021
12:30 P.M.
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A woman faced a nightmare experience when her doctor prescribed her the wrong treatment. She was given chemotherapy for two years because of a careless mistake.

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This month, disturbing news was revealed when a young woman shared a medical mix-up that she was involved in. Her doctor gave her chemotherapy for two years even though she didn't need it.

The confusion occurred after doctors incorrectly suspected that she had a tumor. In reality, the medical staff had located a piece of sponge and not a cancerous tumor.

Woman who was wrongfully given chemo for two years shares a photo online | Photo: Facebook/Ariadna287

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RED FLAGS

The piece of sponge was left in her neck after a medical procedure. This material was alerted as an immediate red flag because she had been diagnosed with cancer in 2019. The doctor believed the piece of sponge was a tumor that returned.

Adriana Caballero, a 22-year-old woman, detailed this experience in an interview. She explained that doctors allegedly saw her scans and thought it was linked to a prior condition because of her medical history and past battle with cancer.

Woman who was wrongfully given chemo for two years shares a photo online | Photo: Facebook/Ariadna287

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SUING THE HOSPITAL

She had radiotherapy in September 2020 to treat her initial cancer. It was only in May 2021 that doctors finally removed the sponge, which they believed was cancer. This mistake spiraled into months and years of chaos for her.

Caballero now has plans to sue the Hospital Universitario del Henares in Coslada in Spain. She accused them of "malpractice and negligence" because of their shocking actions.

Woman who was wrongfully given chemo for two years shares a photo online | Photo: Facebook/Ariadna287

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THE SIDE EFFECTS

Caballero faced the turmoils of treatment she did not need. This also had an array of other side effects on her life and career. One of the consequences of her incorrect cancer diagnosis was the loss of her job.

When her employers found out that she was sick, they did not want to renew her contract. Now, Caballero is looking for justice, and she hopes that sharing her story will prevent it from happening again.

Woman who was wrongfully given chemo for two years shares a photo online | Photo: Facebook/Ariadna287

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NOT THE ONLY CASE

Sadly, Caballero's medical nightmare was not singular in its kind. A Detroit-area doctor has been sent to jail because he prescribed cancer treatment to patients who did not require it.

Dr. Farid Fata pleaded guilty and confessed to breaking his oath and the trust of his patients. In 2015 CNN reported on the story, and Fata shared: "I do not know how I can heal the wound. I do not know how to express the sorrow and the shame."

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Fata was charged for Medicare fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering. He was allegedly labeled the "most egregious fraudster in the history of this country."

The victims who Fata and his scheme harmed can now claim for the damages and trauma they suffered. While the sentence will never erase their experiences, these people and their families, fortunately, got the justice they deserved.

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