Dawn Wooten, an LPN and whistle blower who worked at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Georgia, has come out an said there’s a high rate of hysterectomies being performed at the facility.
“Everybody’s uterus cannot be that bad.”~ Dawn Wooten
Wooten is being represented the Government Accountability Project (who provides protection/ representation for whistle blowers) and Project South (social justice organization). Her complaint was also signed by several immigrant advocacy organizations (Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, South Georgia Immigrant Support Network and Georgia Detention Watch).
Democratic lawmakers responded immediately, as her complaint also included a series of concerns about the facility’s handling of the coronavirus.
“Everybody he sees has a hysterectomy, just about everybody. Hes’s even taking out the wrong ovary on a young lady [detained immigrant woman]. She was supposed to have her left ovary removed because it had a cyst on the left ovary; 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 him [doctor] tell the nurse that he took the wrong ovary“~ Dawn Wooten
In her complaint, she did not disclose names of the victims, the gynecologist or the number of the women allegedly having the procedure or when it occurred.
The matter is being investigated and ICE says they take all allegations seriously and will be deferred to the Office of the Inspector General regarding any results.
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