Theranos trial falsely diagnosed miscarriage, witnesses testify

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Theranos Inc. Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Elizabeth Homes, will appear in federal court on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, in San Jose, California.

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San Jose, Calif. —The first patient to run for testing, former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, the company’s blood test falsely shows she is actually having a healthy pregnancy but suffering a miscarriage. was said to have been done.

Brittany Gould, who had already had three miscarriages on Tuesday, testified that she had a Theranos blood test at a Walgreens store in Arizona in September 2014 after learning she was pregnant.

After reviewing the results of the Theranosh CG test that measures pregnancy hormones, nurse practitioner Audra Zuchman of Gold delivered some disturbing news.

“Unfortunately she told me your numbers are dwindling and I’ve had a miscarriage,” Gould said emotionally on the stand.

Two Theranosh CG blood tests showed that Gould had a miscarriage. However, tests done two and four days later in another lab, Quest Diagnostics, confirmed that Gould was still pregnant. Eventually she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

“I remember telling Britney that it was an unforgivable pregnancy, so I remember it being her fourth miscarriage,” Zuchman later testified, “miscarriage during pregnancy. There’s no medical explanation that it was due to this.” worth. It goes back from 100 to thousands or really goes up.”

After filing a complaint with Theranos, Zuchman said he had stopped sending patients there. “I was very unsure about the validity of the results and felt uncomfortable as a provider who used it to my patients,” she recalled.

Gould testified that she never used Theranos products again after giving birth. “We cannot provide accurate patient care with false results,” she said.

Holmes faces charges of wire fraud and conspiracy, which prosecutors call a multimillion-dollar scheme to scam investors and patients. He pleaded not guilty.

The former Silicon Valley wonder dropped out of Stanford at the age of 19 with the idea to revolutionize healthcare. Using Theranos, he promised to conduct hundreds of tests with just the sting of a finger. In 2015, a series of scandalous reports by former Wall Street Journal reporter John Calero revealed inadequate blood testing techniques.

Among the government’s next witnesses is Justin Offen, an employee of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He testifies about a private text message between Holmes and Balwani. Prosecutors said it had received 12,000 messages between the two, but plans to show a smaller portion to the jury.

cross-examination of scientists

Earlier that day, during the cross-examination of Theranos’ longtime senior scientist Surekha Gangakhedkar, Holmes’ defense lawyer announced in September 2013 that Theranos’ COO Sunny Balwani and Holmes’ romantic partner were for a while. I sent an email to his team and to Holmes. ..

The email suggested that the Gangakhedkar team was not working hard enough.

“Note that the software team was here as of 3:07 am- I am already here at 10 am…” wrote Balwani. Edison’s instruments were “all inactive”.

“In the email, Holmes’ attorney Lance Wade is essentially proud of the oppressive times his team acted as if it were a badge of honor or something.” Rice field. “He’s trying to make you feel guilty about the fact that you weren’t working, right?”

“Yes,” replied Gangakerkar.

“And he was trying to make your whole team feel guilty,” Wade said.

“Yes,” she testified.

“Do you know that Holmes criticized it because Mr. Balwani was the observer?” Wade asked.

Holmes’ lawyers were the first witnesses to begin transferring the charges to Balwani.

Gangakhedkar worked at Theranos Labs for eight years and reported directly to Holmes. He resigned in 2013 due to growing concerns about the functioning of Edison’s blood testing technology. Gangakhedkar repeatedly reported inaccuracies and concerns about Homes, but the CEO testified that he was pushing Walgreens stores.

“In R&D, there are times when you have to fail before you can succeed,” Wade asked.

“Yes,” said Gangakerkar.

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