It’s probably the best news a person can get from a doctor, but at the same time the worst possible news.
Herlinda Garcia, a 54-year-old woman from Victoria, TX, underwent chemotherapy after being diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. She battled months of chemotherapy, resulting in physical side effects that form part of the treatment.
Seven months after she started the treatment, a second opinion revealed a very startling discovery; she never had cancer in the first place.
The false diagnosis was given to her by Dr. Ahmad Qadri, after she underwent a surgical removal of a benign tumor from her left breast tissue. Garcia recalled the emotional and mental battle that she had to deal with. “When you’re told you have stage four terminal cancer, that’s it,” she said in a news item.
The chemotherapy treatments rendered her weak, with her physical and mental health slowly degrading. “Everything was swollen. I lost my eyebrows, my eyelashes,” Garcia added. It was then that depression grew inside her, prompting her to give away her possessions and even writing a bucket list for her to accomplish.
She submitted herself to Citizens Medical Center for anxiety treatment. As the doctors scanned her body, one thing was certain: cancer was never inside her. She sought a second opinion from Houston’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, which confirmed the findings of Citizens Medical Center.
Garcia had mixed feelings about the issue. “I was happy, but at the same time, I had that anger,” she said. After all, the repercussions of the wrong diagnosis were already done. Unfortunately, the erring doctor (Dr. Qadri) already passed away. To pay for physical and mental damages, a jury in Victoria Court awarded Garcia $367,500.