New Zealand Woman Has Jaw Removed After Being Mistakenly Diagnosed with Cancer

New Zealand Woman Has Jaw Removed After Being Mistakenly Diagnosed with Cancer

Medlab Dental, of New Zealand's University of Otago Dental Hospital, is sweating bullets after removing part of a woman's jaw after erroneously telling her that she had cancer of the mouth. The mix-up happened after a pathologist confused two samples that were dropped on the floor.

So, instead of receiving treatment for swelling cause by a tooth implant, the 63-year-old patient had bone and blood vessels removed from her leg to help reconstruct a jaw that never should've been removed. Now, she struggles to walk.

Despite apologies from the hospital, the woman lawyered up. It was the right thing to do.

[via The Huffington Post]

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