Laboratory Negligence / Misdiagnosed Cancer
This case involved a woman who was only 24 years old when she underwent a radical hysterectomy six months after she was married to her high school sweetheart. The radical hysterectomy took her ability to carry her own children and was caused by the negligent interpretation of Pap smear slides that resulted in a delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer. Perey Law Group attorneys argued that if the defendant laboratories had interpreted her Pap smear slides correctly she would have easily been cured of her developing cervical cancer. She lost her ability to carry her own children because a radical hysterectomy was performed to “cure” her developing cervical cancer. The woman and her husband still wanted children so much that they were willing to endure the expense and rigors of a process called “gestational surrogacy” where her eggs were harvested (her ovaries were not removed during the hysterectomy) and combined with her husband’s sperm to create embryos. The embryos were then implanted through in vitro fertilization (IVF) into a surrogate who contracted to carry and give birth to the baby or babies. Amazingly, this process allowed the couple to eventually have biological twins. The settlement won by the Perey Law Group lawyers made this possible.