Kanawha Co. woman says two doctors performed unnecessary procedure on her

By Bree Gonzales | Nov 19, 2018

CHARLESTON — A Kanawha County woman is suing two doctors, saying they negligently performed an unnecessary mastectomy and breast reconstruction on her.

Carolyn Crawford filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against Dr. Edward Tiley III and Dr. Daniel J. Wood, alleging they performed the procedure.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 1, 2016, Crawford underwent the bilateral mastectomy and breast reconstruction that resulted in severe and permanent damages to her. 

Crawford was told she "had allegedly tested positive for the BRCA gene," the complaint states. "However, Mrs. Crawford never underwent an BRCA gene test. In addition, a biopsy was never performed to confirm the cyst in Mrs. Crawford's breast was cancerous."

She alleges Tiley and Wood deviated from the acceptable standard of care. The suit says pathology tests on the tissue after the procedure confirmed that Crawford did not have cancer.

Crawford seeks trial by jury, damages including past and future economic and non-economic damages, plus court costs and interest. She is represented by attorney Ben Salango of Preston & Salango PLLC in Charleston.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 18-c-1235

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