Grandma went through 6 months chemo - only to find out she had no cancer
She was told she had cancer.
So grandmother Ann Milne, 56, underwent six months of chemotherapy after doctors in Scotland said tumours in her liver were malignant.
A year later, doctors told her that the lumps were harmless.
For the grandmother of four, the debacle has "robbed her of her life". She said:
“The strain this put on my family has been huge. I was effectively given a death sentence.
“I used to be full of energy and loved going for walks with my family but now I struggle to walk a few metres without getting tired.
“The whole ordeal has aged me by about 20 years. I’m disgusted that I went through chemotherapy for a disease I did not have.”
In 2003, a lump was found in her breast, so she underwent mastectomy followed by chemotherapy.
After beating cancer the first time, she was mistakenly diagnosed with liver cancer in 2008.
She doubts that her body can endure a third course of chemotherapy if she gets diagnosed with cancer again.
Planned own funeral
During treatment, she suffered from hair-loss, vomiting and fatigue.
She even planned her own funeral during the course of the ordeal.
But a check-up at Aberdeen Infirmary revealed the blunder. She agreed to a six-figure out-of-court settlement with NHS Grampian but says she has not received an apology yet.
"I felt so happy," she recalled. "But when they broke the news that the tumours they found were harmless, my happiness was replaced by anger.”
An NHS Grampian spokesman said: “This matter has concluded.”
Sources: Daily Star, Daily Express