The Georgia OB-GYN, Dr. Mahendra Amin, was arrested for being accused of unnecessary Gynecological procedures on a woman in rural south Georgia.
A Senate investigation discovered that a doctor repeatedly undertook pointless medical examinations and treatments on immigration detainees being held in Georgia, occasionally without the patient’s consent.
In a September 2020 whistleblower complaint, Dr. Mahendra Amin, an OB-GYN, had a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to examine.
And treat detainees at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Georgia, was charged with numerous violations at the facility, including performing “mass hysterectomies” on patients, sometimes without their knowledge or consent.
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The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), a subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued a report on Tuesday that revealed Amin performed “excessive, invasive, and frequently unnecessary gynecological procedures” on female detainees at the ICDC between 2017 and 2020.
Is Dr. Mahendra Amin Arrested? Accused Of Unnecessary Gynecological Procedures
The study states that “it appears that informed consent was repeatedly not obtained for off-site medical operations done on ICDC detainees.”
The report claims that although ICDC and its management business LaSalle Corrections, were aware of the inadequate medical care, neither organization took “meaningful corrective action.”
The audit discovered that ICE did not carefully monitor off-site medical practices and providers.
As a result of the whistleblower allegation, Amin left the ICDC. In December 2020, former and present detainees who received care from Amin filed a class action complaint, alleging many counts of torture, abuse, and unwarranted surgeries and procedures.
Although the detention facility continues to House individuals in federal custody with the U.S. Marshals Service, the Biden administration stated in May 2021 that ICE would no longer engage in a contract with ICDC.
According to the PSI report released Tuesday, Amin was the subject of criminal inquiries by several federal agencies as of early 2022.
However, the committee is unaware of the current state of those inquiries. Amin cited the Fifth Amendment’s prohibition against self-incrimination in his refusal to speak with the committee.
The whistleblower claim made by nurse Dawn Wooten that Amin had conducted “mass hysterectomies” was not supported by the study.
Instead, it stated that the two hysterectomies the doctor carried out on ICDC prisoners were medically required.
However, the committee found that Amin stood out from other OB-GYNs who cared for ICE prisoners regarding the quantity and kinds of procedures he conducted.
Amin accounted for almost 6.5% of all OB-GYN visits among all ICE detainees in the same period, the research stated, even though ICDC housed about 4% of female ICE detainees countrywide from 2017 to 2020.
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He performed more than 90% of what the report refers to as “key procedures” in some instances and nearly one-third of certain types of OB-GYN procedures among all ICE detainees nationwide during that time.
They discovered that Dr. Amin quickly scheduled surgeries when non-surgical alternatives were available, interpreted test results incorrectly, administered unnecessary injections and treatments, and moved forward without getting consent.
The study also claims that despite knowing that the medical care given to detainees was subpar, neither ICDC nor LaSalle took appropriate corrective measures.
Five of the six former ICDC detainees treated by Amin and interviewed by the committee are plaintiffs in the December 2020 lawsuit.
More Than 40 Women Accuse An ICE Doctor At A Georgia Detention
Over 40 women have filed a class action lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Dr. Mahendra Amin, a gynecologist, has been charged with performing unnecessary or unwanted medical procedures, including hysterectomies, on women being held at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia.
The 14 women, some of whom are still in detention and others have been deported, are the subjects of a class action lawsuit filed Monday evening in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.
The lawsuit claims that Amin performed unnecessary and nonconsensual medical procedures on them as early as 2018.
More than 40 women, including the 14 named plaintiffs, testified as part of the lawsuit accusing the gynecologist of malpractice.
The gynecologist is also under investigation by Congress and the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General (OIG) following a whistleblower report made by Dawn Wooten, a former nurse at the facility, on September 14.
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A September investigation by the Associated Press found a pattern of nonconsensual medical operations carried out at Irwin but could not identify a trend of mass hysterectomies.
Since the whistleblower complaint, numerous lawsuits on behalf of specific women who claimed to have been the victims of medical malpractice while receiving treatment from Amin have been filed.
Still, a Georgia judge ordered the complaints to be merged. According to the AP, Amini no longer sees patients at the institution.