May 14, 2009
Man suing hospital for unneeded mastectomy
A 28-year-old man alleges in a lawsuit against a hospital in Nyack, N.Y., he underwent a mastectomy as a result of a misdiagnosis of cancer.
Personal trainer Scott Aprile alleges in his suit against Nyack Hospital that after he had his right breast removed as a precaution, he was told by Dr. Lawrence Simon his cancer diagnosis was the result of a biopsy mix-up, the New York Daily News said Thursday.
My first thought was, 'Oh, my God, I don't have cancer,' Aprile said of the Feb. 5 medical revelation.
No. 2 was, 'You've got to be kidding me.'
When I saw the stitches and my mangled chest, I almost passed out for the first time in my life, he added regarding the results of his surgery.
They mutilated my body.
Nyack Hospital said in a statement it regretted that Aprile was misdiagnosed with cancer when his biopsy sample accidentally wast switched with that of another patient.
The Daily News said the hospital also said Aprile's allegations in his lawsuit, which is seeking unspecified damages, are inaccurate.