|Friday, 12 November 2004|
Woman claims damages from surgeon
by Sandasen Marasinghe
A law suit was filed by a woman against a medical surgeon who she claimed surgically removed both her breasts after diagnosing her with breast cancer which eventually proved a misdiagnosis.
Petitioner Irangani Perera is claiming Rs.3 million as damages before the Colombo District Court against the surgeon alleging that her breasts were examined by him after falsely diagnosing her as having breast cancer but which was later shown to be wrong.
Plaintiff, a resident of Battaramulla filed the case against Lalitha Piyarisi claiming compensation in a sum of Rs. 3 million. The plaintiff stated that she visited the respondent channelling him at the Asiri Hospital on or around March 23, 2002 to obtain treatment for some nodes in her breasts.
She was instructed to undergo a Pine Needle Biopsy Aspiration Test at the same hospital in order to diagnose her condition, which the plaintiff underwent later. The surgeon having examined the reports stated that both her breasts had developed cancer.
The plaintiff further stated that the surgeon instructed her to undergo surgery and remove both breasts without any other further tests, in order to prevent spreading the cancer to the other parts of the body. Subsequently the surgery was done on her by the respondent at the Jayawardanapura Hospital.
Following surgery and subsequent biopsy at the Jayawardanapura Hospital Laboratory it was revealed that she was not a victim of breast cancer. Later she visited several surgeons who stated that she had not developed cancer.
The plaintiff said that she lost one of her essential anatomical features without any reasons due to medical negligence and she is subjected to a severe pain of mind and claimed a compensation of R.3 million.
Additional District Judge Sampath Wijeratne fixed the case for hearing for April 29, 2005.
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