Saturday 16 December 2017

Gynaecologist denies throwing womb in bin

Consultant Peter Van Geene
Consultant Peter Van Geene
Patient Helen Cruise

Consultant gynaecologist Peter Van Geene has denied claims that he threw his patient's womb in a bucket on the floor.

Mr Van Geene was giving evidence at a Fitness to Practice inquiry. He is facing a number of allegations in relation to four women on whom he performed hysterectomies between 2009 and 2011 at Aut Even Hospital, Kilkenny.

Three of the women suffered major post-operative blood loss and required massive transfusions.

Helen Cruise - the only patient involved to waive her right to anonymity had her surgery at Aut Even in August 2011.

Ms Cruise suffered a major post-operative bleed and developed further complications. She was later transferred to St Luke's Hospital.

In his evidence yesterday, Mr Van Geene suggested that perhaps Ms Cruise had suffered from a desire to blame the doctor for everything that goes wrong during a procedure.


Ms Cruise previously claimed that Mr Van Geene told her that he threw her womb into a bucket on the floor. Mr Van Geene denied the accusation.

Mr Van Geene also said he was happy to meet with Ms Cruise when she requested to speak with him before being discharged from St Luke's.

He said he went to explain what had happened.

"Unfortunately, she took umbrage with everything I said," he told the inquiry.

Ms Cruise previously told the inquiry that Mr Van Geene blamed her for the post-operative bleed, saying that her coughing caused it.

Mr Van Geene said he did suggest that the bleed may have been caused by her coughing.

At the inquiry in July, Ms Cruise claimed that, during this post-operative conversation at St Luke's, Mr Van Geene told her: "Sue me, sue me, sue me," after she complained to him.

"I never said, 'Sue me, sue me, sue me'," Mr Van Geene said.

"Ms Cruise also said I hit her. That is anathema. There are a number of things Ms Cruise said that I didn't do."

The inquiry continues today.

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