A California gynecologist is the subject of a lawsuit after one of their patient’s claims they branded their name on their uterus using an electrocautery device.
Ingrid Paulicivic, a 47-year-old hairdresser, claims Dr. Red Alinsod carved and burned the word ‘Ingrid’ on her uterus after removing it during a hysterectomy.
In Paulicivic’s medical malpractice suit she says became suspicious after suffering burns on her leg and believes the unexplained injuries were caused when the doctor “branded” her organ for “no medically necessary purpose or reason.”
In an interview with whistle-blower website The Smoking Gun, Dr. Alinsod says that while he has never previously branded an organ or body part removed during surgery, he wrote Paulicivic’s name on the uterus because he “did not want to get it confused with others.”
When asked by TSG if that was a standard way of labeling body parts, Alinsod acknowledged that it was not.
The doctor also said that he “felt comfortable putting her name on the uterus” since Paulicivic was a “good friend.”
Paulicivic denies those claims however saying that she had no relationship with the doctor prior to surgery and was only a friend of a receptionist in his office.
When she returned for a follow up visit complaining of burns on her legs, she says she noticed the doctor looking at photos taken during her operation and asked for copies.
Dr. Alinsod complied saying he “had nothing to hide” and handed over photographs showing him writing on the uterus, as well as pictures of him holding the organ after “Ingrid” was branded on it.
Paulicivic’s suit does not specific monetary damages.