Tuesday 17 September 2019

Woman settles case over breast cancer diagnosis

A woman with breast cancer who sued over the care she received at two hospitals has settled her High Court action. (Stock image)
A woman with breast cancer who sued over the care she received at two hospitals has settled her High Court action. (Stock image)

Tim Healy

A woman with breast cancer who sued over the care she received at two hospitals has settled her High Court action.

Joan O'Sullivan (50), who has a mutation gene which means she is at higher risk of cancer, claimed she has suffered an alleged delay in the diagnosis and treatment of her cancer.

She sued St James's Hospital, claiming she suffered an alleged perforation to her bowel during an operation in 2013 which was part of a cancer preventative plan. As a result, she claimed, plans for a preventative full mastectomy were derailed.

She also sued the HSE over her care at Cork University Hospital (CUH), where she claims an 8mm tumour in her right breast was not diagnosed when she had a scan in 2016 and when the tumour was diagnosed 522 days later it was 3cm in size.

The settlement of the case, details of which are confidential, came on the second day of the hearing.

The court had heard that since the diagnosis she has since had 20 weeks of chemotherapy and has had a right sided mastectomy.

Ms O'Sullivan, of McDonagh Court, Cashel, Co Tipperary, in her claim against St James's in relation to the 2013 procedure, claimed there was an alleged failure to exercise reasonable care and her bowel was allegedly perforated.

She also sued the HSE, claiming there was an alleged failure to identify a significant abnormality in an MRI scan carried out in CUH in April 2016 and there was an allegedly delayed diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer in her right breast. St James's and the HSE denied claims. The court was told, however, the HSE this week, by letter, admitted a breach of duty in relation to some of the care at CUH.

Irish Independent

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