Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Woman's Surgery Horror

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Woman's Surgery Horror

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CAROLYN DeWaegeneire was C[pounds sterling]shatteredC[yen] and in a state of shock for years after a doctor cut out her genitals, unable to complain about the unauthorised surgery, a jury has heard.

Told that she would be in hospital for three days for a C[pounds sterling]simpleC[yen] procedure in August 2002, the then 58-year-old woke from her anaesthetic in pain with stitches that felt C[pounds sterling]like barbed wireC[yen].

The doctor who performed the surgery, and cannot be named for legal reasons, is standing trial before a jury at Sydney's Downing Centre District Court after pleading not guilty to charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Ms DeWaegeneire and excising her clitoris.

Giving evidence yesterday, the mother-of-two, who was widowed in 2001, recalled giving consent to the doctor only for the removal of a small piece of skin on her vulva, identified to be a form of pre-cancer.

C[pounds sterling]If I had known that my clitoris was going to be cut off there is no way I would have walked through that hospital door,C[yen] Ms DeWaegeneire said of the procedure, which left her in a NSW hospital on painkillers for six days. …

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