Saturday 20 July 2019

Mother with terminal cancer tells court GP failed to examine breast

Months to live: Christine Rossiter from Howth, Co. Dublin. Picture: Collins
Months to live: Christine Rossiter from Howth, Co. Dublin. Picture: Collins

Tim Healy

A 37-year-old mother of two with terminal cancer has launched a High Court action against a GP claiming alleged negligence over a visit to the doctor after she found a small lump under her arm while in the shower.

Christine Rossiter has only months to live after a tumour was found in her breast in 2016 and she has developed secondary cancer including in her brain, the court heard. Ms Rossiter has sued GP Norma Donlon over a consultation she had in 2014. Dr Donlon contends Ms Rossiter declined a breast examination when she came for a consultation on September 2014.

John Gordon SC, for Ms Rossiter, said Ms Rossiter contends the doctor did not examine her breasts. However, the doctor's note said 'declined breast exam'.

Counsel said Ms Rossiter left feeling a little foolish but very relieved after the 2014 visit.

In August 2016, Ms Rossiter felt a little lump on her left breast and went to another doctor who referred her for further investigation.

It turned out she did have a cancerous tumour in her left breast. The cancer was stage two but not life threatening and would require chemotherapy. Ms Rossiter had a number of scans which showed she had secondary cancer in various parts of her body.

Ms Rossiter, of Ceanchor Road, Baily, Howth, Co Dublin, has sued Dr Donlon, who was a doctor at Hilltop Surgery which is now known at Raheny Medical Centric Health at Hilltop Shopping Centre, Station Road, Raheny, Dublin.

The claims are denied.

The case before Mr Justice Anthony Barr continues.

Irish Independent

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