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Dr. James C. Burt’s infamous “Love Surgeries” were anything but kind. © ACHIM SASS/WESTEND61/CORBIS

This is Not a Love Surgery

 Warning this story may make you feel uncomfortable.

James Caird Burt is a former American gynaecologist who was sometimes nicknamed the “Love Surgeon.”

One of his patients recalled: “after he delivered my baby, I did not wake up for 2½ days, and he kept me hospitalized for a week. I asked him, ‘What have you done to me?’ Burt said, ‘Oh, I just patched you up,’ … He told me by fixing me like he did, it would be just like being a virgin again.”

Dr Burt was a simple gynaecologist with a simple goal: to make life better for the husbands of women who just had their love-holes ruined by childbirth. And so, for more than 20 years starting in the mid-1960’s, Dr Burt would perform vagina-tightening surgery on his new mom patients without their consent. He called it “Love Surgery.” Burt’s “Love Surgery” was based on the doctor’s cockamamie idea that women are “structurally inadequate for intercourse” and that the only way to fix their “pathological condition” was through surgery that made the vagina and vulva more penis friendly.

Burt admitted that many of the women who first received the surgery were simply told after childbirth that they’d received episiotomies. Burt’s book says that “hundreds and hundreds” of women were treated this way, but other sources estimate that the number is actually in the thousands.

After practising for two decades while based in Dayton, Ohio, Burt was sued by female patients for altering their vulvas without their informed consent. Over 20 years, the ambitious doctor reportedly performed surgery on thousands of women, realigning the vagina and removing the skin from around the clitoris, leaving it exposed.

Burt boasted in a self-published 1975 book that the resulting improvements on nature would transform a woman from “a scared, reluctant little house mouse” to “a horny little house mouse.”

Far from turning them into orgasmic athletes, say his alleged victims, Burt’s surgery left them sexual cripples, suffering from a host of disabling problems.

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We’re doing more surgery, and still the waiting lists grow

How much, as taxpayers, are we willing to pay for other people getting every little thing taken care of as part of your “free” health system?

More than 7000 people missed out on elective surgeries over a three-month period last year — thousands more than initially thought.

New data released by the government shows 7229 patients referred to hospital specialists by GPs between July 1 and September 30 did not meet the threshold for publicly-funded elective surgery.

Provisional figures released in March showed 5335 patients had missed out.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said all up, 158,214 patients had been referred for a first assessment by a specialist, and 87 percent of referrals were accepted, while five percent were declined.

“As the data builds we expect the number of patients sent back to their GP for care as they did not meet the threshold, may rise to around 10 to 15 percent,” he said.   Read more »

Kiwi bludger tries on the UAE and finds it’s not like home

A mother with young children is stranded in Dubai after her passport was confiscated when surgical complications left her with medical bills she cannot afford to pay.

Christchurch woman Janet Fletcher, 47, travelled to Dubai last month to have a gastric sleeve operation at the Canadian Specialist Hospital. It was expected to cost about $16,500.

But she had to be admitted to intensive care when a small tear in her stomach left her with septic shock and acute kidney failure.

She spent an extra two weeks in hospital, which caused her bill to grow to $36,348 – an amount her family cannot afford to pay. She was not covered under either medical or travel insurance.

She was discharged from hospital on Thursday, but the United Arab Emirates government confiscated her passport, saying she could not leave while she had unpaid medical expenses.

Fletcher said she was aware of the UAE’s stance on medical bills before she went under the knife, but decided to take the risk.

“I can’t point the finger at anyone, it is just one of those things.

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The duplicity of Labour and Annette King

Annette King has made a big song and dance, along with her Media party pals, about pain threshold for patients needing surgery.

She has claimed it has increased, but the DHBs have busted her by revealing her researchers asked separate questions which they then conflated to allegedly mislead the house.

Shots have been fired over surgical figures, with the Health Minister accusing Labour’s Annette King of misleading Parliament by claiming Auckland DHB had raised its pain threshold for patients needing surgery.

Auckland DHB has hit back saying it has not, and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has accused King of deliberately “fudging the facts’.

Misleading the house is a serious offence, which in some situations is dealt with by the privileges committee and the House has the ability to punish someone for contempt if that person is found to have deliberately misled it.

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As stories about successful medical tourism rise, NZ surgeons start a scare campaign [POLL]

As stories about successful medical tourism rise, NZ surgeons start a scare campaign.

Scores of women are returning from overseas with problems after cheap breast implant surgery, a top plastic surgeon says.

New Zealand Institute of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery founding co director Janek Januszkiewicz has warned of the dangers of medical tourism trips to places like Thailand for cosmetic surgery.

Speaking at the New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons’ annual scientific meeting, at Queenstown on Saturday, Mr Januszkiewicz said the trend was effectively undermining years of painstaking improvements in the field in this country.

In some cases the resulting hospital bill is then picked up by the New Zealand taxpayer through ACC.

”We’re striving to get the best results through having highly trained surgeons, really good nursing staff and reputable implant manufacturers,” Mr Januszkiewicz said.

”Our challenge is people are going overseas because it’s cheaper.”    Read more »

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After Genital Cutting in Somalia

A Woman Chooses Reconstructive Surgery in America

The decision to undergo reconstructive surgery wasn’t easy for a Somali woman who describes the weeks following surgery as being ‘by far the hardest of my life.’

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Photo: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Les' arms were made by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Because they're attached directly to nerves in his shoulders, he operates them simply by thinking, as though they were the same arms he'd been born with (though he does have to shift each section of the arm one-at-a-time before "resting").

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Les’ arms were made by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Because they’re attached directly to nerves in his shoulders, he operates them simply by thinking, as though they were the same arms he’d been born with (though he does have to shift each section of the arm one-at-a-time before “resting”).

Les Baugh: First Double Amputee to Control Two Robotic Arms with His Mind

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Face of the day

 

Shocked face

Shocked face

Todays face of the day sums up how you will feel about this post.

It is how I feel abut this post and it is especially how MEN will feel about this post.

You were WARNED.

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Photo AP Sandy Allen 1955 - 2008, was a normal-sized baby. But she grew, and grew, and grew to be 7’ 7” by the time she was 20, when brain surgery to remove a tumor on her pituitary gland stopped her growth. She was diagnosed with the tumor as a pre-teen, but as her family was uninsured, they could not afford it. If she’d had the surgery as a young girl, she would have been just a tall woman.

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Sandy Allen 1955 – 2008, was a normal-sized baby. But she grew, and grew, and grew to be 7’ 7” by the time she was 20, when brain surgery to remove a tumor on her pituitary gland stopped her growth. She was diagnosed with the tumor as a pre-teen, but as her family was uninsured, they could not afford it. If she’d had the surgery as a young girl, she would have been just a tall woman.

It’s O.K. to Be Different – Sandy Allen

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Can you find the silver lining in the clouds that life sends your way?

Today’s face of the day can and she is remarkable as her cloud is as bad as it gets.

Despite how bad her situation is her silver lining is very real. Her terminal cancer diagnosis has meant that the lives of her three daughters will be spared. It is a powerful lesson to us all that good can come out of tragedy and that we should always try to focus on the silver lining of every situation. At the very least it will provide us with a way of coping.

When I did the Landmark course many years ago I learned that life has no meaning apart from the meaning that we place on it. A rock rolling down a hill does not say ” Why me? Why do bad things always happen to me? ”

Given that we choose what interpretation to put on things that happen, we might as well choose a positive one.

Fiona Taylor (front) with her eldest daughters (from left) Aleisha Morris and Natasha and Jennifer Martinsen, who have tested positive for an inherited cancer-causing gene mutation. Photo / Alan Gibson

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