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Harlem Woman Undergoes Mastectomy Only To Learn She Didn't Have Cancer

“I didn’t know whether to smile and thank God I didn’t have cancer or cry because I’ve been through so much."

A Harlem woman was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, which resulted in her removing her left breast and undergoing additional surgeries to rectify complications. The emotional and physical ordeal left Eduvigis Rodriguez weary, but her experience would only prove to be in vain as doctors later realized she didn't have cancer to begin with.

“I didn’t know whether to smile and thank God I didn’t have cancer or cry because I’ve been through so much,” 51-year-old Rodriguez said during an interview with The New York Post. 

Rodriguez's ordeal began when she found a lump in her breast. She then went to Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital where a biopsy was conducted. According to a malpractice lawsuit filed in Manhattan supreme court, Rodriguez had benign extra growth tissue in her left breast that was believed to be cancerous. However, pathologist Dr. Jean-Marc Cohen misdiagnosed Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, a mother of adult children, was then sent to Lenox Hill hospital where the problems continued. According to a policy put in place since 2012, all pathology reports done by other hospitals must be reviewed by Lenox Hill staff before any major surgery. A review was not done in Rodriguez's case despite surgeon Dr. Magdi Bebawi signing a form alleging one was completed.

Bebawi performed the surgery in April 2015, yet the mistake was only made apparent after Lenox Hill officials conducted testing on the tissue following Rodriguez's surgery and realized it wasn't cancerous. Doctors then received a Beth Israel sample and tested those with the outcome showing "benign breast tissue.”

After learning of the grave mistake, Cohen did testing on the tissue and came to the same conclusion. Per court documents, Cohen is said to have called Rodriguez. “After the surgery, when I was told that the review of the biopsy showed no cancer, I immediately called her and made her aware that I am very sorry and I feel very bad that we did this procedure for no cancer,” he said.

Upon learning the news, Rodriguez says she's now on a hunt for justice. "I want explanations. I do not want to see this happen to anyone else. I had confidence in the surgeon and the hospitals, but I cannot believe all the mistakes that were made.”

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Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield are reportedly being considered for roles in the upcoming film, Jesus Was My Homeboy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie, which will be produced by Ryan Coogler and distributed by Warner Bros., will depict the assassination of Black Panther activist Fred Hampton.

If the ink dries on the deal, Kaluuya will play Hampton. Stanfield will play William O’Neal, the FBI informant who went undercover and infiltrated the Black Panthers in order to obtain information that assisted in Hampton's assassination. Jesus Was My Homeboy will look at the rise and death of Hampton through the perspective of FBI informant O'Neal.

As previously noted, Fred Hampton was an activist and organizer of the Black Panther Party who quickly climbed the ranks to become its chairman of the Illinois chapter and deputy chairman. He was murdered in 1969 at the age of 21, by a tactical unit with orders from the FBI and Chicago Police Department.

Shaka King will reportedly direct the film and and produce from a script he wrote with Will Berson. Jesus Was My Homeboy does not have a release date at this time.

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HBO Releases 'Leaving Neverland' Trailer And March Premiere Date

Since the reveal of a contentious documentary on Michael Jackson was announced, the conversation surrounding HBO's upcoming project has continued to increase. Now, the powerhouse cable network unveiled the Leaving Neverland trailer which depicts the recollections of two men who were reportedly sexually abused when they were boys by Jackson.

Within the trailer, James Safechuck and Wade Robson discuss certain moments that they held as secrets for decades. "He told me if they ever found out what we were doing, he and I would go to jail for the rest of our lives," Wade says in the visual. The Dan Reed-directed film also features interviews with the two men's families and significant others.

In response to the doc's Sundance premiere, Jackson's family issued a statement calling out the reel's developers. "The creators of this film were not interested in the truth," the family's statement reads. "They never interviewed a single solitary soul who knew Michael except the two perjurers and their families. That is not journalism, and it's not fair, yet the media are perpetuating these stories."

Watch the trailer below ahead of its two-night premiere on March 3-4.

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Boyfriend Suspected Of Killing Girlfriend And Her Son Jumps In Front Of Train

An ex-con who's suspected of brutally beating his girlfriend and her son to death committed suicide by jumping in front of Metro-North train six hours after the murders.

According to The New York Daily News, Hector Cruz, 51, is believed to have stabbed and used a workout weight to bludgeon Marisol Ortiz, 51 and her 14-year-old son Alanche del Orbe in their Bronx apartment.

Ortiz's 21-year-old daughter, Chantal del Orbe, found the bodies after returning home from a friend's house. Before bursting into tears, Chantal hung a birthday banner over a makeshift memorial created for her brother who was killed a day before his 15th birthday.

“He was sweet all the time,” she said of her brother. “It was all love in that house.”

Grieving friends, family and those in the neighborhood say they have no doubt Cruz is the killer. “Go in peace my aunt with my nephew. Wow, I feel so powerless why do things like this have to happen. My God. Mourning. What a great loss," Emiluz Ortiz wrote on Facebook.

Cruz was released from prison in 2016 after serving seven years for first-degree assault, and while speaking with the Daily News Chantal said Cruz showcased signs of possessiveness.

“He was a bit jealous. He was strange. He would look through (Ortiz’s) phone but he was never aggressive. He always said he wanted the family united,” she said. “He never really convinced me. Days before he was acting strange.”

The crime was so severe, Ortiz’s cousin Haydee Leonardo said it's affected the funeral.

“They’re going to cremate the bodies because they were told that their faces were so brutally beaten, you can’t see who they were. You can’t see their faces,” he said.

Cruz was reportedly killed by a northbound Metro-North train at the Hartsdale station Sunday morning (Feb. 17) at 9:45 AM.

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