A reader has the gobsmacking story:
My story isn’t one of my pain being ignored, but rather one about a doctor’s lesser familiarity with the female body almost having enormous consequences for my health. When I was 15, I had severe abdominal pain and went to the ER with my mom. After several hours I was diagnosed with appendicitis and brought into surgery for an appendectomy. So far, so routine.
After I came out of surgery, a nurse approached my mom quietly and said, “I really shouldn’t be telling you this, but I think you should know and might want to get your daughter checked out because of something that happened during surgery.”
Apparently, the male surgeon had seen swelling in one of my ovaries while rooting around in my abdominal cavity and thought it was abnormal. Since I have two ovaries, and he was already in there, he announced to the operating room his plan to remove the ovary, without informing me or my parents, since it was an “emergency.”