Friday, March 11, 2011

Doctor guilty of genital removal

A doctor who removed a patient's genitals unnecessarily has been found guilty of maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on her.

Carolyn DeWaegeneire expected to have a pre-cancerous lesion removed during the operation at a NSW hospital in 2002, but told the District Court the doctor leant in and told her: ''I'm going to take your clitoris too.''

She woke up in pain with her genitals removed.

A nurse gave evidence at the trial that when she commented on the amount of tissue being removed, the doctor said the patient's husband was dead ''so it did not matter anyway''.

The former doctor, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty, with the defence arguing the operation was necessary to save Ms DeWaegeneire's life.

But the jury disagreed and convicted him of maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.

Ms DeWaegeneire yesterday expressed relief, calling the verdict ''unbelievable''. A sentencing date has yet to be fixed.

- Sydney Morning Herald

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