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CANCER GENE MISSED IN NEW HSE BLUNDER; Woman gravely ill after getting wrong results.


THE HSE is facing a new scandal after a woman was wrongly told she did not have a cancer-causing gene.

She is now seriously ill and Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin has launched a review to establish how the blunder was made. It is understood a member of staff is now on leave.

There have now been calls for Health Minister Simon Harris to order an audit of all cases involving women who have been given the all-clear.

The woman was last month diagnosed with an aggressive form of ovarian cancer.

In 2009, she was tested for the BRCA1 gene, which puts people at high risk of developing breast or ovarian tumours.

The test came back positive - but it was incorrectly written down by a staff member. The woman only found out last month, when her doctors made inquiries about the genetic test, that she had tested positive for the genetic mutation.

In a statement through her solicitor Caoimhe Haughey in the Sunday Times she said: "I was denied the opportunity for intervention and preventative treatment for almost 10 years, which is going to have life-altering an permanent consequences for me. How could this 9years since the was first tested the gene have happened." The genetic mutation was highlighted by actress Angelina Jolie, who had a preventive mastectomy and hysterectomy after her mother died of ovarian cancer.

The hospital has apologised for what it called "human error". In a statement it added: "All facts point to the fact that a transcription error of a genetic test result occurred. This is currently considered to be an isolated incident caused by human error.

"A review by Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin is currently underway of all transcriptions of BRCA1 tests to ensure they were transcribed correctly an no similar error has occurred. "This is not a testing error and there is no cause for concern."

Social Democrats co-leader Roisin Shortall said: "We need to know how this happened and how many other women are potentially affected.

"Mr Harris and the HSE must move swiftly to review the test results of all women who have undergone BRCA tests at Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin in the past decade."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 19, 2018
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