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Family: Grandma Wrongly Diagnosed With Cancer

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Ramona Jiminez in the hospital in Nov. 2008. (Family Handout)

Ramona Jiminez in the hospital in Nov. 2008. (Family Handout)

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LONG ISLAND (1010 WINS) – Two years ago, doctors told a Long Island grandmother she had mere months to live but a second opinion gave her another chance at life.

Ramona Jiminez, 85, formerly of Patchogue, is now preparing a multi-million dollar malpractice lawsuit against Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in Bayshore.


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Her daughter, Bruni, says no one should have to go through the hell her family went through after bringing Jiminez there for a stomach ache in November 2008.

“They told us that she had double cancer, ” Bruni told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera. “Stomach and lung cancer.”

Bruni says her mother was told she had two months to live, was set up with in-home hospice and was put on morphine.

Jiminez told reporters that her husband abandoned her after she became addicted to the drugs and started hallucinating.

“She lost her memories, she lost everything,” Bruni said.

After nearly two years went by another hospital tested Jiminez and told the family the truth — she didn’t have cancer.

The family is ecstatic that Jiminez is off her death-bed but they wonder how such a mistake could be made.

A call to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital was not immediately returned.

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