Report: Doctor Who Allegedly Performed Hysterectomies On Detainees Identified
The doctor who allegedly performed hysterectomies on women detained at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Georgia has been identified as gynecologist Mahendra Amin, according to Prism's Tina Vasquez.
- Amin is not named in the whistleblower complaint filed by nurse Dawn Wooten, but the complaint alleges that the doctor sterilized several women at ICDC between October and December 2019.
“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 they went or why they’re going," the nurse said in the complaint.
A spokesperson for the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that has represented people detained at ICDC, confirmed to Prism that Amin has seen multiple women represented by the organization.
- According to the whistleblower complaint, Amin recently removed the wrong ovary from one detained woman, ultimately resulting in a total hysterectomy.
- Wooten alleges that another detained woman was given three separate explanations as to “what was being done to her body.”
- Prism reported that it is unclear whether Amin is benefiting financially from the procedures. The nature of the doctors current agreement with ICE and ICDC is unclear as well.
The gynecologist was once a co-defendant in a lawsuit in which he and other doctors were ordered to pay more than half a million dollars to resolve allegations that they caused false claims to be submitted to Medicare and Medicaid.
The Associated Press reported,
Scott Grubman, a lawyer for Amin, said in a statement that he was confident the doctor would be cleared of any wrongdoing. Amin was previously accused by state and federal authorities of falsely billing Medicare and Medicaid in an investigation that led to a $520,000 settlement in 2015.