Migrant Woman Comes Forward Saying Doctor Pressured Her To Have Hysterectomy

Whistleblower Dawn Wooten gives a press conference on allegations that immigrant women received gynecological procedures while in ICE custody without informed consent.Screengrab / Georgia Grassroots Video / YouTube


The woman said she “didn’t have the opportunity to say no” when Dr. Mahendra Amin recommended the procedure.

A review of medical records by the Associated Press has found four women who say Dr. Mahendra Amin performed gynecological procedures on them that they didn’t want or didn’t understand.

Although some procedures could be justified based on problems documented in the records, the women’s lack of consent or knowledge raises severe legal and ethical issues, lawyers and medical experts said.

  • The AP noted one woman who reported irregular bleeding and was recommended a D&C. When lab results indicated signs of early cancer, Amin recommended a hysterectomy.
  • Though the woman agreed to the procedure, an attorney told the AP she said she felt pressured by Amin and “didn’t have the opportunity to say no” or speak to her family before the surgery.
  • Doctors told the AP that there may have been less intrusive options to treat the woman’s cancer rather than jumping straight to a hysterectomy.
  • Andrew Free, an immigration and civil rights lawyer working to investigate medical treatment at the Irwin County Detention Center, said Amin has performed surgery or other treatment on at least eight women from the facility since 2017.

Doctors on behalf of the attorneys are examining new records and more women are coming forward to report their treatment by Amin, Free said.
"The indication is there’s a systemic lack of truly informed and legally valid consent to perform procedures that could ultimately result — intentionally or unintentionally — in sterilization," he said.

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