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While she was under the knife, he performed a nine-hour operation, relocating her vagina and removing her clitoral hood. Dillon said she had no idea he would do more than a standard hysterectomy. Dillon, who in was a vocational teacher with three children, said afterward, "I thought I would die. The pain was unlike anything I had ever experienced in places I couldn't understand. She said even ordinary activities became impossible -- sitting down, wearing pants, riding a horse.
Dillon could no longer have sex without excruciating pain, and despite an understanding husband, her happy marriage eventually fell apart. The surgeon she trusted, Dr. James C. Elizabeth's Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, was a proponent of procedures to rede women's genitalia. In his book, ''Surgery of Love,'' he wrote, ''Women are structurally inadequate for intercourse.
This is a pathological condition amenable to surgery. From until the lates when he surrendered his medicalBurt had performed hundreds of these experimental surgeries on his patients, according to numerous national reports at the time, including one in The New York Times. Inthe Ohio Medical Board cited Burt for alleged "experimental and medical unnecessary surgical procedures, in some incidents without proper patient consent. And now, Sarah B. Rodriguez, a lecturer in medical humanities at Northwestern University, takes a fresh look at the bizarre case in an article in the November Archives of Sexual Behavior.
Patients who underwent these procedures have said they thought they were getting surgery for common ailments like incontinence or post-pregnancy repairs. Many, like Dillon, said they did not adequate consents. According to Rodriguez, St.
Elizabeth's began requiring Burt to use a "a special consent form specific to love surgery" in By his own admission, he did not always get proper consent for some of his earliest surgeries. Burt] and asked, 'What have you done,? Burt's son James C.
Burt's patients, alive today, whose marriages and lives were dramatically improved by [his] wholesome restoration to their fully functioning sexual responsiveness, which most of those patients had ly enjoyed earlier in their marriages. Burt or his family. Rodriguez had followed Burt since the late s when he was promoting the idea of "altering a woman's body for male sexual pleasure.
Other doctors tried to alert the state medical board about Burt, but it did not take action until then Ohio Gov. Richard F. Celeste became aware of this medical procedure and reached out to the board demanding answers, according to a article in the Columbus Dispatch. Doctors around the country were shocked. Sidney M. Wolfe, told the New York Times in Today, at 65, Dillon is writing a book about speaking out against Burt. She was one of the first to file a malpractice lawsuit in against both Burt and the hospital where the surgery took place.
When she first went to Burt, whom her first husband, an anesthesiologist, knew personally, Dillon was already in a happy second marriage with three children.
Her surgery was so long and complicated, Dillon was barely conscious for five days following the procedure and was out of work for six weeks. Dillon eventually sought help from the University of Cincinnati. I ended up going through three different corrective surgeries but by that time, my marriage was shot and I lost the best thing that had happened in my life.
Dillon went public with her story in on the television news magazine show "West 57th Street" and found others who had suffered similar surgeries. At the time, Burt called the television report, "a conspiracy of lies," according to the Columbus Dispatch.
That same year, Burt was formally charged by the Ohio Medical Board for "gross immorality" and "grossly unprofessional conduct. Several other women filed malpractice lawsuits against Burt, but according to the New York Times, many of the cases were dropped because doctors would not testify. Sandy Nagrotsky, a malpractice attorney from Lake Success, N. But he believed he could create a better woman. This had to be unless he didn't understand human anatomy.
He must have known it would result in complications. Burt filed for bankruptcy in But inhe announced plans to launch a foundation dedicated to making his "love" surgeries accepted medical practice. He said he had many satisfied patients and was being copied by "expert plastic surgeons.
After moving around, living in Mexico and Florida, Dillon eventually moved back to Ohio and now is retired and living with her elderly parents as their caretaker.
Dillon said she finds solace in those she loves -- her parents who both have Alzheimer's disease, three children and seven grandchildren. LOG IN. We'll notify you here with news about.
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