Ian Paterson is a surgeon that performed dozens of unnecessary breast operations. He lied to his patients and endangered their lives as he did not give them the right diagnosis or prescribe a useful treatment.
On Friday, April 27th, the Nottingham Crown Court convicted this surgeon for life. The jury found Ian Paterson guilty of 3 counts of unlawful wounding and 17 counts of wounding with intent to cause bodily harm. According to the jury, this doctor lied to many of his patients. He also exaggerated their risk of cancer.
Ian Peterson Intentionally Orchestrated This Series Of Unnecessary Breast Operations
To persuade people to have a double mastectomy, the surgeon told women that surgery was their only chance of survival. The patients were reassured by Paterson that the breast operations were going to go as planned and that they won’t develop cancer.
Ian Paterson did all of these just to convince women to undergo unnecessary breast operations so that he could make a profit. All of these unnecessary surgeries left the patients without a body part even as they didn’t have cancer. One of his patients, Frances Perks, underwent surgery to remove her left breast.
Ian Paterson told her that he kept finding lumps in her breasts. After she had undergone seven other surgeries, the woman learned that she didn’t have any risk of cancer. This surgeon also lied to his bosses and colleagues so that he could carry out these dangerous, disfiguration surgeries to make a profit out of them. The jury mentioned that they don’t know the exact number of people who underwent these unnecessary breast operations.
“Of the 11 victims he was charged with in relation to this case, none had breast cancer, and yet he had led them to believe they were at risk. This was cruel and unnecessarily led to many people suffering and living and fear.” said West Midlands Police Superintendent Mark Payne
The hospital where these operations took place has already paid £17.8m in costs and damages to more than 250 people. Other 350 patients are going to receive compensations. Most of the people who underwent a procedure performed by this doctor were reportedly left disfigured.
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