A Gold Coast mum is suing four doctors who allegedly failed to detect a lump in her breast because and she claims two doctors told her she was ‘too young’ to have breast cancer, court documents show.
Dannielle Porter, 32, is suing the doctors in the Brisbane District Court, alleging they breached their duty of care by allegedly failing to send her for a mammogram, ultrasound or a biopsy, the Courier Mail reports.
The mother-of-two seeks $232,000 in damages for infertility, difficulty moving her left arm, and breast scarring, according to court documents.
Dannielle Porter, pictured with husband Luke Peat, visited at least five doctors between 2012 and 2015 before she was diagnosed with stage three cancer in her left breast in December 2015
Anchita Karmakar, a GP from Harbour Town Day and Night Surgery (pictured) on the Gold Coast is one of four doctors being sued by a cancer survivor for allegedly not detecting her breast cancer, court documents show.
She visited at least five doctors between 2012 and 2015 before she was diagnosed with stage three cancer in her left breast in December 2015 which later spread to lymph nodes, according to court documents.
It is alleged in court documents that Ms Porter expressed her cancer fears to Gold Coast plastic surgeon Terrence Scamp, who allegedly told her on March 2013, that a ‘lumpy’ and ‘hard’ area on her left breast was ‘not cancer because you’re too young’, according to the publication.
She is also suing John Arbuckle, an Arundel cosmetic surgeon who she consulted in January 2012, court documents show.
She alleges in court documents she told him she had severe pain’ in her left breast and she claims he breached his duty of care because he allegedly ‘did not perform a physical examination’.
Ms Porter is also suing GP Anchita Karmakar of Harbour Town Day and Night Surgery, claiming she allegedly failed to perform a examination of her breasts or refer her for a mammogram or biopsy in March 2013, according to court documents.
Dr Karmakar referred her to plastic surgeon Craig Layt in June 2013, who allegedly told her ‘you’re too young for breast cancer’ and allegedly did not refer her for a mammogram, an ultrasound or biopsy, Ms Porter claims in court documents.
In January 2015, she saw GP Suhana Rajum, who she claims also said she was too young for cancer but later referred her for an ultrasound.
Dannielle Porter, is suing four doctors in the Brisbane District Court (pictured), alleging they breached their duty of care by allegedly failing to send her for a mammogram, ultrasound or a biopsy, according to court documents
Dr Rajum is not being sued.
The doctors have not filed a defence, according to the Courier Mail.
In 2016, almost $30,000 was raised across Australia for Ms Porter to have the operation she needed to remove her spreading cancer after 2GB presenter Ben Fordham shared her story on his radio program.
‘Seeing the generosity of strangers who wanted to help us out, that was the most overwhelming feeling,’ Ms Porter said.
‘We appreciate everyone’s help because without it, as a young family with two young children, we couldn’t have get through without that financial support.’