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    Patient Mix-Up Leads to Unnecessary Lung Lobe Removal

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    Following a terrifying lung cancer diagnosis and a painful lobe removal, Thorbjörn Johansson was told that he’d never actually had the disease.

    Following a terrifying lung cancer diagnosis and a painful lobe removal, Thorbjörn Johansson was told that he’d never actually had the disease.

    Two years after the fact, the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm admitted that they’d made a mistake and "caused serious injury or illness".

    He had originally sought medical attention because of a problem with his foot.

    A few months after his visit, he received a phone call and the very bad news that he had a malignant tumor in his lung.

    When he told his family, there were many tears and a lot of frustration. Johansson feared he was going to die.

    The surgery left him unable to breathe without pain or climb a flight of stairs without gasping for air.

    He had no choice but to leave his own business and rely on welfare, savings, and loans to survive.

    Since receiving the news that it was all because he’d been confused with another patient who had died a week prior, he’s experienced quite a few mixed emotions.

    Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare has reprimanded the hospital, and the facility has altered its procedures to prevent future problems.