A mother of two left emotionally shattered after doctors mistakenly removed her left breast was awarded more than $2 million in damages yesterday. Child-carer Hoi Lai-chan, 45, had been seeking up to $5 million in proceedings at the Court of First Instance after the Hospital Authority admitted liability for the botched operation, which occurred more than nine years ago. But Mr Justice Thomas Gall awarded Ms Hoi $2.07 million after finding the level of psychological care and loss of earnings was not as high as estimated. He said it was clear Ms Hoi had suffered from psychological problems following the surgery, but awarded her just $243,000 for psychological care. She had sought $3 million. 'It is clear that they [psychological problems] affect her day-to-day life and it is clear that she will need help in dealing with those problems,' he said. Mr Justice Gall awarded Ms Hoi $1,123,080 for loss of earnings as the event meant a part-time cleaning job was 'the limit of her expectations'. The court had heard Ms Hoi contemplated suicide following the operation at Tung Wah Eastern Hospital on September 14, 1993, but abandoned the notion when she thought of her children. During her testimony, Ms Hoi frequently broke down sobbing, with Mr Justice Gall adjourning the court to allow her time to compose herself. Ms Hoi told the court her relationship with her husband had also suffered as a result of the surgery as she had been left with a low sex drive and feelings of worthlessness. She could not be contacted following yesterday's decision. Ms Hoi had been told doctors would only be removing a fibroid lump, or benign tumour, from her left breast. But when she woke from the anaesthetic, she was told her entire breast had been removed after doctors found the lump was malignant. It was not until a series of newspaper articles on breast cancer appeared in 1999, some six years after her operation, that Ms Hoi questioned the surgery. She later discovered her operation had been unnecessary as the tumour had been benign. Ms Hoi had told the court: 'I could not accept that it was a professional doctor who caused me not only physical pain, but psychological concern and worries. All this was unnecessary.' A spokeswoman for Tung Wah Eastern Hospital yesterday reiterated its regret over the incident. But the spokeswoman refused to say whether anyone had been disciplined, or whether safeguards had since been put in place to ensure the tragedy would not recur. Ms Hoi was awarded $500,000 for pain, loss and suffering; $188,000 for reconstructive surgery; $2,100 for physiotherapy; $4,200 for occupational therapy; and $15,000 for Chinese herbal medicine and health products.