Chemotherapy without cancer: Govt to bear Rajani’s medical expenses
Kottayam: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the government will bear the medical expenses of Rajani, who underwent chemotherapy without being diagnosed with cancer. The CM also informed the Assembly that he has sought a report from the chief secretary in this regard.
Rajani, a native of Kudassanad in Alappuzha district, had to undergo chemotherapy based on a faulty report from a private lab. Following this, she had met the CM and sought the government’s help.
Rajani approached the Kottayam Medical College Hospital on February 28 after discovering a lump on her breast. Two samples were collected from Rajani. One was sent to the medical college pathology lab while the other was sent to a private lab in Kottayam. The result from the private lab, which came out a week later, stated that Rajani had cancer. Based on this report, doctors at the medical college started treatment including chemotherapy.
The test result from the medical college pathology lab came out after Rajani underwent the first instalment of chemotherapy. The result said that Rajani did not have cancer. Realising the mistake, the doctors took the sample and tested it in the pathology lab again and the result came out negative.
Following this, the doctors sent another sample to the Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram. Again the result came out negative. Rajani then underwent a surgery at Kottayam Medical College Hospital to remove the lump.