Gemma Mullin, Digital Health Reporter
A MUM-of-two had a double mastectomy and endured months of gruelling chemotherapy before doctors admitted they misdiagnosed her with breast cancer.
Sarah Boyle, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, was devastated to be told she had triple negative breast cancer at the end of 2016.
The 28-year-old underwent several rounds of gruelling chemotherapy treatment and a bilateral mastectomy at Royal Stoke University Hospital to stop the disease spreading.
Shockingly the hospital only realised their mistake several months later in July 2017.
In a further blow, Sarah has since learned that the reconstructive surgery may now potentially put her at risk of developing cancer in the future.
She has also suffered psychological trauma as a result of her ordeal and also continues to endure ongoing symptoms caused by her treatment.
Sarah was also initially told that her cancer treatment may lead to fertility issues, but fortunately she went on to have a second child, Louis, who is now seven-months-old.
However, she was unable to breastfeed him due to her treatment.
Sarah, who lives with husband Steven, 31, and her two children Teddy and Louis, said: “The past few years have been incredibly difficult for me and my family.
“Being told I had cancer was awful, but then to go through all of the treatment and surgery to then be told it was unnecessary was traumatising.
“And while I was delighted when I gave birth to Louis, it was really heartbreaking when I couldn’t breastfeed him.
“As if that wasn’t bad enough, I am now worried about the possibility of actually developing cancer in the future because of the type of implants I have and I am also worried about complications that I may face because of my chemotherapy.
“While nothing will change what I’ve been through, I really need some answers on what is being done to make sure nobody else suffers in the same way I have.”
Sarah was aged 25 when she was misdiagnosed by blundering doctors following the birth of her youngest child.
She was later informed by her treating doctor, Mr Narayanan, that her biopsy had been incorrectly reported and it was confirmed that she did not have cancer.
Sarah instructed specialist medical negligence lawyers to investigate the case who have now secured an admission of liability from University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust.
Irwin Mitchell solicitors legal expert Sarah Sharples, who is representing Sarah, said: “This is a truly shocking case in which a young mother has faced heartbreaking news and a gruelling period of extensive treatment, only to be told that it was not necessary.
“The entire experience has had a huge impact on Sarah in many ways.