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Thursday 20 July 2017

Obstetrician removed 129 wombs over 25 years

DISGRACED obstetrician Dr Michael Neary removed the wombs of 129 women over a 25-year period.

Judge Maureen Harding Clarke, who last March published her findings into the unusually high number of hysterectomies performed at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda, many of them by Dr Neary, said she believed there was a deliberate, careful and systematic removal of key historical files from the hospital.

The judge concluded someone, with a misplaced sense of loyalty to Dr Neary - who has since been struck off the Medical Register - was responsible for removing the files.

Following the publication of Judge Harding Clarke's report, the then Tanaiste Mary Harney sent a copy to the Garda Commissioner which resulted in a fresh investigation.

The Lourdes Hospital report revealed that 188 women had their wombs removed between 1974 and 1998 - the 129 removed by Dr Neary was more than 23 times the national average.

The report's 3,885 pages reveal him to have been a surgeon whose methods and supremacy went unchallenged for decades.

It emerged that he had a profound fear that he would lose a patient through bleeding following a caesarean section. As a result when confronted with a bleeding uterus, his solution was simply to remove it .

EUGENE MOLONEY

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