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Lawyers have identified a gynecologist at the center of a whistleblower complaint filed by a nurse alleging abuses, including hysterectomies, at an immigration detention center in Georgia, NBC News reported. 

In a whistleblower complaint sent by Project South to the Department of Homeland Security and its inspector general, a nurse named Dawn Wooten accused Irwin County Detention Center of allowing an unusual number of hysterectomies to be 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 parts of their uterus, or womb. 

While Wooten did not identify the doctor, lawyers for detained women identified the doctor as Mahendra Amin who practices Douglas, Georgia. NBC News reported that Amin continued to see women from the facility for the past several years despite complaints from his patients. The Intercept also identified Amin through interviews with a detainee, two detainee advocates, and a former Irwin employee. 

“We’ve questioned among ourselves like goodness he’s taking everybody’s stuff out,” Wooten said, according to the complaint, adding: “That’s his specialty, he’s the uterus collector. I know that’s ugly … is he collecting these things or something … Everybody he sees, he’s taking all their uteruses out or he’s taken their tubes out. What in the world.”

In 2o15, Amin was investigated by the Justice Department for making false claims to Medicaid and Medicare. He and another doctor involved paid $525,000 in a civil settlement.

Amin has ties to Irwin County Hospital, where some detainees at the detention center are taken for treatment. 

Business Insider couldn’t reach Amin for comment on Tuesday but he told the Intercept that he only performed “one or two hysterectomies in the past two [or] …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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