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Mistaken Mastectomy Victim Files Lawsuit

April 10, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A woman whose breasts were removed after she was mistakenly told she had cancer is suing the pathologist who made the misdiagnosis and the pathologist's employer.

Linda McDougal of Woodville, Wis., filed the lawsuit Tuesday.

She underwent a double mastectomy after doctors informed her in May that she had an aggressive form of cancer.

The defendants are pathologist Margaret Cochrane and her employer, Hospital Pathology Associates. The lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 from each defendant.

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