Belfast Telegraph

Woman wants justice on removed womb

A mother of two who was plunged into early menopause when her ovaries were removed by struck-off medic Michael Neary has pleaded for the state to acknowledge her case.

Marie Reaburn said she suffered horrendously when the shamed consultant took out her reproductive organs as he removed her womb because of a fibroid.

The 58-year-old was never compensated because women aged 40 or over when Neary removed their wombs were excluded from a redress scheme.

Support group Patient Focus is campaigning for 35 women - including for the families of two who have since died - to be included in the programme, which could cost an estimated three million euro.

Mrs Reaburn, who was three days past her 40th birthday when she suffered at the hands of the obstetrician in February 1992, said they deserve justice.

She said: "The only thing I will get out of it is that he was wrong. It's not going to change what happened to us but we feel it's an acknowledgement that we were wronged.

"All of us were profoundly damaged by this man. We put our trust in him. We were at his mercy. And then you are told you had an operation you never really needed. It affected your whole life."

A cross-party group of politicians, including Fianna Fail's Johnny Brady, Fine Gael's James Reilly, Labour's Jan O'Sullivan, and Sinn Fein's Caoimhghin O Caolain, have campaigned with Patient Focus to convince former health minister Mary Harney to overturn the rule.

The opposition TDs have openly committed to extending the redress scheme by ministerial order if elected in the General Election, but promised the issue was not a political football.

Neary was stuck off the medical register in 2003. A state inquiry later revealed he performed 129 hysterectomies at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, between 1974 and 1998. The files of another 44 patients were intentionally and unlawfully removed from the hospital to protect those involved.


From Belfast Telegraph