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Infertility Clinic

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From a whistleblower complaint made by a licensed practical nurse at the Irwin County Detention Center, an ICE facility in Georgia, about a doctor working there. The complaint was published in September by Project South.

Everybody he sees has a hysterectomy—just about everybody. He’s even taken out the wrong ovary on a young lady. She was supposed to get her left ovary removed because it had a cyst; he took out the right one. She was upset. She had to go back to take out the left, and she wound up with a total hysterectomy. She still wanted children—so she has to go back home now and tell her husband that she can’t bear kids. She said she was not all the way out under anesthesia and heard the doctor tell the nurse that he took the wrong ovary. I’ve had several inmates tell me that they’ve been to see the doctor and they’ve had hysterectomies and they don’t know why. Some of them won’t even go; they say they’ll wait to get back to their country to go to the doctor. We’ve questioned among ourselves, like, goodness he’s taking everybody’s stuff out. That’s his specialty. I know that’s ugly. Is he collecting these things or something?


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