A Swedish woman endured chemotherapy and other cancer treatments for two years, leaving her with weak bones, compressed vertebrae and brain damage that reduced control of her hands, wrote the Local, an English-language outlet in Sweden. Only she didn't have cancer the whole time, as was later discovered by doctors at Gävle Hospital, where she was treated.
What staff thought were tumors invading her liver and other organs were not, the report said this week. Before they made this discovery, the woman had also received doses of radiation and cortisone.
"We're very sorry for this and wish it could be undone," Lars-Göran Holtby told Swedish-language Arbertarbladet, which originally reported the story.
The incident was filed with the National Board of Health and Welfare.
The woman, whom the Local says is in her 60s, had previously survived breast cancer.
In June, a surgeon from the same hospital removed the hip joint of a healthy 30-year-old woman who was supposed to have just a small growth excised, according to a report by the United Press International. This incident also resulted in a health board claim.
Wondering what your chances are of being the victim of medical malpractice in the United States? According to the Institute of Medicine, 98,000 Americans die and countless others are injured from preventable errors every year.