Austrian woman sues doctor and hospital for sterilising her without consentBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7526.1162-d (Published 17 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1162
- Michael Leidig
A woman who was sterilised by doctors without her consent when she was 19 is suing her parents and health officials so that she can afford treatment to help her have a child.
The 33 year old Austrian woman from Leibnitz, south of Graz, discovered she had been sterilised only after seeking medical advice at Graz Regional Hospital about her failed attempts to get pregnant.
The woman said she was horrified when she heard she had undergone a sterilisation operation. She later discovered that it had been carried out by a doctor at the Bad Radkersburg Hospital where she had been admitted as a teenager for an abortion.
The woman claims that her father told doctors she was mentally retarded and should be sterilised.
The woman, who has learning difficulties, is taking not just her parents but also the doctor involved in the operation and the company that …