- The gynecologist at the center of a whistleblower complaint about hysterectomies in incarcerated women in Georgia without their knowledge or consent has been identified by NBC News.
- Lawyers for the women arrested identified the man as Dr. Mahendra Amin, NBC News reported. Business Insider has not been able to independently confirm this.
- Amin told the interception He only performed "one or two hysterectomies in the past two (or) three years," but did not state whether these procedures were performed on incarcerated women.
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Lawyers identified a gynecologist at the center of a whistleblower complaint filed by a nurse for abuse, including hysterectomies, in a Georgia immigration prison. NBC News reported.
In a whistleblower complaint from Project south A nurse named Dawn Wooten accused the Department of Homeland Security and its inspector general of accusing the Irwin County Detention Center of having an unusual number of hysterectomies performed on immigrants detained there, often, she alleged, without their consent.
Wooten said the women were sent to a doctor outside the facility who chose to remove all or some of their uterus or womb.
While Wooten did not identify the doctor, lawyers for incarcerated women identified the doctor as Mahendra Amin, a Douglas, Georgia practitioner. NBC News reported that Amin continued to see women from the facility despite complaints from his patients over the past few years. The interception also identified Amin through interviews with an inmate, two inmate attorneys, and a former Irwin employee.
"We asked each other how well he gets all things out," said Wooten, according to the complaint, adding: "That's his specialty, he's the uterus collector. I know that's ugly … he collects these things or something. .. Everyone he sees takes out all of his uterus or takes out her tubes. What on earth. "
In the year 2o15 was Amin examined from the Department of Justice for false claims against Medicaid and Medicare. He and another involved doctor paid $ 525,000 in a civil settlement.
Amin has connections with Irwin County Hospital, where some inmates are being taken to the detention center for treatment.
Business Insider was unable to reach Amin for comment Tuesday, but told Intercept that he had only performed "one or two hysterectomies" in the past two (or) three years. However, he did not reply whether these trials were due to people detained at Irwin.
"Everything is wrong, and if you want to speak, speak to the hospital administrator," Amin told Intercept about Irwin County Hospital.
He said the allegations are ruining his practice.
No one from Irwin County Hospital was available for comment when it was reached by Business Insider, but CEO Paige Wynn informed the Intercept that consent was being obtained for all surgical procedures.
"We don't do surgery that ICE and the patients don't have prior consent for," said Wynn. "Due to data protection obligations, we cannot specifically comment on specific patient matters."
Following the initial whistleblower report, ICE told Business Insider, "The US Immigration and Customs Service (ICE) does not comment on matters brought to the Inspector General's office, which provides independent oversight and accountability within the US Department of Homeland Security ICE accepts all serious allegations and deviations from the OIG regarding possible investigation and / or results. In general, anonymous, unproven allegations made with no verifiable details should be treated with the reasonable skepticism they deserve. "
A former Irwin employee told Intercept that Amin was the only gynecologist treating the detainees.
"All I know is that if you do something most of the time, he'll suggest surgery," said the former Irwin employee. "I don't know why. I just don't know why. He does a lot of operations."
The detention center, which houses not only immigrant detainees but also inmates from the U.S. Marshalls and Irwin Counties, is operated by LaSalle Corrections, a private prison company. Law and crime reported.
"LaSalle Corrections has a strict zero-tolerance policy for any type of improper conduct in our facilities and takes all allegations of such abuse seriously," LaSalle said in a statement to NBC News. "Our company strongly denies these allegations and the implications of wrongdoing at the ICDC."
A lawyer who worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center between 2017 and 2019 and who represented several women treated by Amin told NBC News that she had filed her complaints with the facility's managers.
"I had a face-to-face interview with (someone in management) two to three years ago. I was so upset. I asked her to get my client treatment from another doctor. I told her I had heard from several people that he was rough that they were afraid to go to him, that they didn't understand what he was doing, "Elizabeth Mathren told NBC News.
Other lawyers, including Benjamin Osorio, said their clients had hysterectomies performed that they didn't think were necessary. One client was told that she had the procedure because she had stage 4 cervical cancer. She later went to an oncologist who said she did not have cancer.