This must have been a terrifying experience!
A married woman in India was told by a fertility doctor in 2003 that she had tested positive for HIV after undergoing routine blood tests. Fortunately, a second and third opinion revealed she did NOT have the disease, but the damage was done.
Court documents reveal she was "insulted, humiliated, harassed by all and subjected to untold mental cruelty," after receiving the diagnosis.
She initially took the doc responsible to court was awarded compensation from the fertility specialist. However, the doctor argued that she instructed the plaintiff to come back in 15 days to confirm the blood test results. Since no documents were made available to support this counterargument, the judge thankfully sided with the woman wrongly diagnosed with HIV.
Ruling that there was both negligence and deficiency of service on the doctor's part because she disclosed positive test results of a serious infectious disease without any confirmation, the judge recently awarded the plaintiff 1 lakh, or about $2,500.
We can't imagine getting that awful news only to find out it wasn't actually true. "Really pissed off," definitely comes to mind, so we totally agree with this ruling. Hopefully this doctor won't jump the gun and incorrectly diagnose a life threatening disease next time she gives a patient a blood test.
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