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DES MOINES, Iowa — Polk County court documents show the Iowa Clinic and Dr. Joy Trueblood admit to a mistake in 2017 that changed a patients life for the worse.

In a deposition filed in July 2018, Trueblood, who was the Iowa Clinic’s anatomical laboratory director at the time, stated she was examining two separate prostate files when she mistakenly scanned 65-year-old Rickie Huitt’s as the cancerous file.

Trueblood said, “I slid the pile towards the bar code scanner and the requisition underneath it had just a little amount of bar code sticking out and it flipped open to the wrong patient. That’s what happened.”

Huitt underwent surgery to remove his prostate on April 3, 2017, and he learned of the mistake on April 26 after a pathologist at Iowa Methodist examined the removed prostate and found no cancer.

In the deposition, Trueblood takes sole responsibility and said it was a horrible situation where she figured there might be a lawsuit. When asked if her handling of Huitt’s case was careless, Trueblood responded, “Yes.”

Huitt claims the intense surgery has left him unable to control when he goes to the bathroom, and his relationship with his wife has also suffered because of side effects from the surgery.

The Iowa Clinic’s Chief Marketing Officer Amy Hilmes responded with a statement saying in part, “Once alerted about the situation, we immediately apologized to the patient and implemented changes to make certain such a mistake would not happen again. The pathologist involved in this case continues to be troubled and saddened that her oversight meant a patient faced unnecessary surgery, exposure to anesthesia, and complications during recovery.”

A trial date is set for April.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is splitting up $13 million among Marshalltown, Dubuque, Sioux City and Council Bluffs.

The grant goes toward repairing homes with lead paint. This money can help in more ways than one, especially for victims of last summer’s tornado in Marshalltown.

“I have worked harder than I ever have in my life after this tornado,” Marshalltown resident Cathy Gooding said.

Six months after an EF-3 tornado tore through Marshalltown, folks like Cathy Gooding are still recovering. Gooding has property in one of the hardest hit areas.

“Most of the homes on the north side of Marshalltown are older; built before the oil-based products,” Gooding said.

Gooding’s property was built before 1978 and has lead-based paint. That could qualify her for federal grant money. HUD awarded Marshalltown $3.5 million dollars to repair homes exposed to lead-based paint.

According to the CDC, lead paint is the leading cause of lead poising among children.

“We do things like siding if its original paint on the exterior, replacement of windows if they’re the old windows, paint stabilization inside where we have chipping peeling areas,” said Michelle Spohnheimer, Marshalltown Housing and Community director.

The city says there are 8,000 other homes built before 1978, and a lot were destroyed by the tornado.

“They lacked insurance and the capabilities to make repairs, so programs like this will allow them to recover faster,” Spohnheimer said.

This grant money is not exclusive to homes damaged by the tornado.

Anyone in Marshalltown who has a home built before 1978 with lead-based paint and lives with a child younger than six years old could qualify.

The city expects to have the funding by March 2019.