A woman who was misdiagnosed with breast
cancer won a R2.8 million damages case against the Limpopo Department of
Health in the High Court in Pretoria, the Saturday Star reported.
Estelle Kunneke underwent a double
mastectomy after she felt a lump
on her breast when she fell and bruised it in 2005.
She consulted a doctor at the Voortrekker
hospital in Mokopane and was later referred to the Oncology Centre at the
Limpopo Academic hospital.
A general practitioner under the guise of
specialist informed her that she was at stage four of breast cancer and that
she had to undergo a double mastectomy, the newspaper reported.
Kunneke said that a biopsy was never
performed and that the doctor only performed a needle aspiration.
She went to another doctor for a second
opinion, when she realised that she was not getting worse during chemotherapy
as expected. The doctor found that Kunneke had never had cancer and was
misdiagnosed, the newspaper reported.
Pain and trauma
Kunneke, a beautician and former model told
the newspaper that the she was unable to have reconstructive surgery to rectify
as the muscles were gone and that there was just skin and bone.
"No amount of money can take away the
pain and trauma I have endured," she said.
The department noted the court's decision,
said spokesman Macks Lesufi said on Saturday.
gets R1.4m for unnecessary mastectomy