Melbourne: A devastating way to discover multiple deadly tumors caused by asbestos inhalation


A devastating way for an expectant mother to discover several deadly tumors caused by inhaling asbestos dust when she was in elementary school

  • A young pregnant woman was told she had terminal cancer after an ultrasound
  • Jasmine Thomas, 27, was diagnosed during a routine scan in 2016
  • She sued the state of Victoria for $2.1million after being exposed to asbestos
  • Ms Thomas was exposed as a pupil at Footscray North Primary School

A young pregnant woman was undergoing her first ultrasound when it was discovered that she had multiple deadly tumors, caused by an asbestos-infested classroom.

Jasmine Thomas, 27, sued the state of Victoria for $2.1 million after being diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer called peritoneal mesothelioma after spending time at Footscray North Primary School in the early 2000s.

Repeated biopsies forced doctors to leave a 2cm tumor in the expectant mother because she was inaccessible due to her pregnancy.

She was prescribed methadone before giving birth to her son in April 2017 before receiving a terminal diagnosis because her abdomen was surrounded by toxic fibers.

Jasmine Thomas (pictured) sued the state of Victoria for $2.1million after being diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer called peritoneal mesothelioma

Ms Thomas sued the state on the grounds that public school staff were negligent in allowing her to be ‘exposed to and inhaled fibers of asbestos dust’ while she was at school between 2000 and 2006, the Herald Sun reported.

Two classrooms at the school were renovated between November 2002 and May 2003, releasing asbestos from the walls and ceiling.

Supreme Court documents reveal doctors found a ‘mobile solid lesion’ in Ms Thomas during her first ultrasound after she became pregnant in July 2016.

After several scans, doctors decided to leave the 2cm tumor behind because of her pregnancy, before she was diagnosed with the terminal form of the cancer three months later.

She gave birth to her first child in April 2017 but was unable to pick him up for the first six weeks of his life due to the pain she was feeling due to his condition.

Ms Thomas sued the state on the grounds that school staff had been negligent in allowing her to be

Ms Thomas sued the state on the grounds that school staff had been negligent in allowing her to be ‘exposed to and inhaled fibers of asbestos dust’ while she was in elementary school Footscray North.

In the civil suit, Ms Thomas estimated she lost $2.1million in lost income and medical bills.

She recently returned to her parents due to PTSD suffered as a result of the diagnosis.

The trial, which was due to be held in March, was thrown out after Victoria agreed to settle the case before it started for an undisclosed sum.

Ms Thomas’ lawyer, Leah O’Keefe, said the mother remained “concerned about the amount of asbestos remaining in our community, including in school buildings”.

Victoria’s Department of Education declined to comment on the matter or whether Footscray North Primary School remains safe for staff and pupils.

“As this matter is before the courts, it would be inappropriate to comment,” a department spokeswoman said.

The case has been settled and is no longer before the courts.

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