Thirty-eight years old dies of breast cancer diagnosed late: gynecologist on trial

Thirty-eight years old dies of breast cancer diagnosed late: gynecologist on trial
Thirty-eight years old dies of breast cancer diagnosed late: gynecologist on trial

TURIN. She had already noticed that lump in her breast after her first pregnancy. But her gynecologist kept telling her not to worry, to “rest assured, it was nothing.” That “she certainly could have gotten pregnant again.” The woman died at 38 in December 2018, two years after giving birth to a second child, due to breast cancer. The gynecologist is now on trial on charges of manslaughter. And, according to the Prosecutor’s Office, it would have been the second pregnancy to speed up the neoplasm. “We believe we have acted correctly,” says defense attorney Gino Obert. Which underlines how “a connection between the behavior” of his client and “the patient’s death” has to be demonstrated.
The story
The woman started complaining of breast pain in 2014, while breastfeeding her first child. So she turned to her trusted gynecologist, a doctor who had followed her for some time. The doctor had visited her several times and had prescribed some breast ultrasounds. He kept telling her not to worry, that there was nothing serious. During a visit, on December 17, 2015, an area of ​​fibroadenosis was found. But even in that case, according to the investigations ordered by the prosecutor Giovanni Caspani who coordinated the investigations, the woman was not prescribed any necessary diagnostic investigations: mammography or magnetic resonance imaging, needle aspiration, a specialist visit.

The diagnosis
The diagnosis of the tumor, “in the fourth stage, in a metastatic phase with multiple lymphonoid and bone localizations”, arrives on 25 July 2016. The woman was expecting her second child, she was in an advanced state of pregnancy: she was hospitalized for a “failure. bone », the baby is delivered urgently.
The mother, represented by the lawyer Federico Fontana, filed a complaint against the gynecologist who had reassured her for years, during visits, via email, on the phone. And who, claims the prosecutor, has never prescribed the tests necessary to clarify her health conditions. An investigation is opened at the Palace of Justice. She will die on December 7, 2018. The trial will open tomorrow.

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