Cancer victim loses breast because technician didn’t want to do extra paperwork

Rachael Rapraeger
Rachael Rapraeger

It’s bad enough when a woman has to go for a mammogram, fearing that a lump she has found might be cancer. But when she is given the all clear, things are supposed to better. That is not the case for more than 1,300 women in Georgia. It turns out that technician Rachael Rapraeger has been falsifying mammogram reports at Perry Hospital in Perry, Ga., because of plain negligence and lack of caring.

Rapraeger logged into the computer systems at the hospital as a physician and cleared women so she would not have to additional paperwork.

Because of her actions, at least 10 women had undiagnosed cancer growing in their bodies. The technician stated that she was having personal problems and stopped caring about her job. Rapraeger was caught when a woman with breast cancer who had a cleared mammogram was reviewed. It was found out that the doctor who signed off on the form was not at the hospital that day.

In the meantime, at least one patient has lost a breast to her untreated cancer because of Rapraeger’s actions.

Earlier this month, Rapraeger pleaded guilty to 10 misdemeanor charges of reckless conduct and one felony charge of computer forgery. She was sentenced to serve just six months in jail. She also received 10 years probation, and was fined $12,500.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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