A young woman is taking legal action against a hospital after she was treated for cancer and the doctors left a piece of gauze inside her neck, and, thinking her tumour had returned, carried on giving her chemo for two years.
In an interview with Newsflash, 22-year-old Adriana Caballero said: “I was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 2019, for which I had surgery and chemotherapy. Then I had radiotherapy in September 2020.
“When they saw the lump persisted and all the PET-CT scans said there was something in the area of the operation, I was operated on on 5th May and, after nearly two years, they removed a surgical haemostatic sponge from me.
“That sponge doesn’t appear in any report and its existence was unknown because it had grown a few millimetres and they decided to operate, thinking it could be the illness again.”
Adriana intends to sue the Hospital Universitario del Henares in Coslada, near Madrid for malpractice and negligence.
Not only did she receive completely unnecessary treatment – with all its negative side effects – but she also lost her job.
She told Newsflash: “It was a six-month contract and it was going to be indefinite. But when it ended, they couldn’t renew it because my illness was long-term.”
Adriana says she is not the hospital’s only victim of negligence: “At Hospital del Henares, two others have lost their lives – Nuria and Emilio – and as a result their relatives created a Facebook page – Negligencias Hospital del Henares – to get justice.
“We do not want this to happen again, we want an inspection, and, above all, we want liability.”