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Cancer Patient gets $200K for Misdiagnosis
06/14/2013 10:30 AM ET  

Wendell Strout sued Central Maine Medical Center after he was told he had pancreatic cancer and only months to live, when he actually had a more treatable form of cancer.

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) _ A Maine man who was told he had only months to live because of an aggressive Stage 4 pancreatic cancer is still alive more than four years later. And a jury has awarded him $200,000 for the doctor's misdiagnosis.

It turns out Wendell Strout suffers non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a more treatable form of cancer.

He sued Central Maine Medical Center for damages, citing "tremendous emotional distress'' as well as lost income and loss of enjoyment. The Sun Journal says a jury awarded him $200,000 on Thursday.

The lawsuit accused a former CMMC doctor of advising his patient that he "faced certain death'' before procuring pathology results.

Strout eventually got the good news that his affliction wasn't as dire as initially believed.



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