By Haley Ryan - Metro Halifax
HALIFAX - A Capital Health patient who had a breast needlessly removed is in a “state of bewilderment” and hoping a lawsuit will bring some answers, says her lawyer.
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Halifax lawyer Ray Wagner poses for a portrait in his office on Tuesday. Wagner is representing a woman in her 60s who needlessly underwent a mastectomy after a misdiagnosis.
Ray Wagner, a serious injury lawyer in the city, said Tuesday he is handling the Halifax woman’s malpractice case. He said she is in her late 60s.
“You’re angry about the fact the procedure took place and then … ‘why me? Why did it happen to me’?” Wagner said about his client’s emotional state when they met May 6.
“She was in a state of bewilderment.”
On Monday, Capital Health released information about two lab mistakes made this spring affecting four patients. One of the errors resulted in Wagner’s client having a breast removed when it wasn’t necessary. while the other mistake saw a person have a biopsy they didn’t need.
Wagner said the case is of “huge human interest” because it could have happened to anyone. His client was misdiagnosed when her report was switched with another’s who needed the mastectomy and didn’t immediately receive the treatment.
“When you’re diagnosed with cancer everybody fears that. It touches everybody in our society,” Wagner said.
The lawyer said his client had accepted her cancer diagnosis, and went into surgery because she was advised it would increase her life expectancy.
Wagner said after finding out she did not have cancer, she ran from anger to confusion and is now looking for answers to “put it all together.”
“You have to deal with life with one breast … there’s a whole host of problems that’ll occur over ones lifetime from having had this procedure,” Wagner said.
Wagner said he is drafting up the papers for the medical malpractice and system error lawsuit, and will deliver them within the next three weeks.
According to the biography on his website, Wagner has 30 years of experience and his clients have included the former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children and residents of the Sydney Tar Ponds.
A Capital Health spokesperson said Tuesday that CEO Chris Power couldn’t comment on a potential lawsuit.