Surgeon sued for branding women with initials of university
- By: Karen Hebert
James Guiler, a surgeon from Lexington, Kentucky, in the United States is being sued by 10 women for branding their uteruses with the initials “UK” of the University of Kentucky, where he trained.
The first woman to file the lawsuit against Guiler was Stephanie Means, who had a hysterectomy done in August 2002 at the Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. After being discharged from the clinic, Stephanie watched the videotape (which Guiler had given her) of her operation and saw her uterus being branded.
By filing the lawsuit she alerted nine other women who had been operated on by Guiler and discovered that they had undergone the same branding procedure. They decided to join the lawsuit against the doctor.
Stephanie said: “I trusted him to perform a hysterectomy in a dignified manner because this was the organ that produced my two children. Of course, I assumed he would treat me