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Resource ID: #18874
Subject: Health
Source: ABC News Primetime Live
Date: 2001-04-19



ABC News Primetime Thursday tells the story of 22-year-old Jennifer Rufer, who had needless hysterectomies because a pregnancy test by Abbott Laboratories gave a false reading that said Jennifer had high levels of the hormone hCG. If you have high levels of the hormone hCG, it means you're either pregnant, or, if doctors can't find a bady, that you have a rare form of cancer. The pregnancy test said Jennifer had high levels of hCG, and her doctors couldn't find a bady, so they thought she had cancer. But in reality, the test was actually faulty.

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