NEW YORK – A Long Beach, Long Island woman got the bad news that she had breast cancer. She underwent a double mastectomy and then was told the lab made a mistake and she didn't have cancer.
Darrie Eason is a 35-year-old single mother who is now suing.
Her attorney says Eason was the victim of a mix-up at the the CBLPath medical lab in Rye Brook. Eason has filed a lawsuit against CBLPath in State Supreme Court in Mineola last month seeking an undisclosed sum of money.
A state report blames the mix-up on a technician who admitted cutting corners while labeling tissue specimens.
CBLPath chief executive William Curtis said he was familiar with Eason's case but could not speak about any of his company's patients because of federal privacy laws. He said the doctor who signed off on Eason's diagnosis, no longer works for the company.
The technician responsible for the mix-up, also is no longer with the company.
Attorney Steven Pegalis of Lake Success says people must be able to trust a medical lab.