Should Florida detainees worry about surgeries?

| Sep 23, 2020 | U.s. Immigration Law |

If a Florida immigrant is taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, it might mean spending days, weeks or even months in a detention facility. An ongoing investigation in another state may spark concerns for some detainees. The investigation concerns female detainees who say doctors performed surgeries on them to which they never consented.

The name of one gynecologist, in particular, keeps coming up as the immigration detention center investigation unfolds. The doctor has apparently encountered legal trouble in the past in his professional career. Now, immigrants have alleged that hysterectomies and other unconsented surgeries have been performed on them under his care.

A woman who understood that she was to have surgery because of ovarian cysts says she now has three, strange circular incision scars on her abdomen. The woman is worried that the surgeon performed a procedure to which she did not consent. She says that she was only told that she would fall asleep and would wake up when her procedure was complete. The woman says she did not understand anything that was happening.

Numerous other women from the same detention center have made similar allegations. One woman says a surgeon removed one of her fallopian tubes without her consent. The health care industry has stringent protocol in place that governs surgical procedures and other medical care. Florida immigrants and others throughout the country may immediately reach out for legal support if they believe someone has violated personal rights regarding medical care and treatment.

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