Jamu Imaging Centre is ordered to pay Ksh.2 million in compensation to Roberto Macri, a patient given a false cancer diagnosis.
According to court documents, Jamu Imaging Centre located in Malindi, on September 2015, received Macri who had gone for a medical consultation.
Macri is believed to have asked a doctor for an X-ray after having swallowing difficulties, the Nation reports. The X-ray revealed he had cancer in his throat, and it was advanced to stage four. He then reportedly flew to Italy for another test in October.
Medical reports overseas returned negative showing he had no “cancer gene”. Returning home he immediately sued Jamu Imaging Centre for medical negligence.
“Had the doctor made the correct diagnosis, the risk of post-examination trauma, panic would have lessened, not to resort to further medical consultation in Italy, said Macri in court documents.
Macri further told the courts that he was costed acute despair, mental distress, intense trauma, pain and suffering.
Jamu however denied Macri’s claims: “No findings were made with in the scope of Mr Macri suffering from cancer,” read court papers.
They appealed the ruling at the Malindi High Court where the case was heard by Justice Reuben Nyakundi who then dismissed the appeal but reduced the compensation fee from the previous Ksh.3.5 million to Ksh.2 million.