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Brooklyn Hospital Tells Wrong Patients They Have HIV, Lawsuit Alleges

Brooklyn Hospital Tells Wrong Patients They Have HIV, Lawsuit Alleges

(Lauren Evans) When delivering the news that someone is saddled with one of the worst possible diagnoses known to modern medicine, it's sometimes necessary to double check—hell, triple check—that you're giving the information to the correct patient. This was apparently too much to ask of one Brooklyn hospital, whose botched lab work resulted in several patients being told that they were HIV positive when they weren't, and others that they'd tested negative for Hepatitis C—when they were actually positive.

It's possible that none of this would have come to light if not for whistle-blowing by one lab employee, who is now suing Kings County Hospital on the basis that her superiors allegedly punished her for attempting to curb the oft-made mix-ups, DNAinfo reports.

Read More: Gothamist

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