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Miriam Mizell, Alleged Victim of Mammogram Fraud, Dies at 63 | News

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Miriam Mizell, Alleged Victim of Mammogram Fraud, Dies at 63

A woman who says her breast cancer went untreated after a Perry Hospital technician lied to her about her mammogram results died Saturday.

Her online obituary says 63-year-old Miriam Mizell of Perry died after a long battle with cancer.

In 2010, Perry Hospital said technician Rachael Rapraeger told more than 1,200 women that their test results were normal. Actually, the hospital said, no doctor ever examined the results.

Rapraeger was charged with 10 counts of reckless conduct and 10 counts of computer fraud, because 10 women whose test results she handled actually did have cancer.

Mizell was one of them.

In September 2010, she told 13WMAZ that she was lied to, even after the hospital learned of Rapraeger's alleged misconduct.

She said when she had the mammogram done in 2008, she was  told everything was OK, but it wasn't.

She says in the spring of 2010, Perry Hospital called and said she had been randomly selected to receive a free mammogram.

"They did ultimately find something on my right breast," she said.

She said she wanted to ask Rapraeger: "How dare you do this to me?

Mizell later appeared in court on the day of Rapraeger's arraignment, saying it was important for her victims to be present.



The Waton-Hunt Funeral Home and a man who answered the phone at her Kathleen home declined comment Wednesday.



Rapraeger is still awaiting trial.

Her online obituary says Mizell's funeral was held Tuesday at Houston Lake Baptist Church.








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