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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Wife's shock after doctor wrongly told her she had an STD

INQUIRY: Dr Iman Ekky
INQUIRY: Dr Iman Ekky

A MARRIED woman, in a monogamous relationship for 18 years, has described her shock and upset at being told by a doctor that she had the sexually transmitted disease herpes.

The woman, who did not have the disease, has said she felt stupid after the diagnosis and that she believed she was being told by her doctor that if she was not "playing away" then her husband was.

The 36-year-old mother has told a Medical Council inquiry that despite her protests that it was not possible for her to have an STD, Dr Iman Ekky insisted the disease had been dormant.

Upon seeking a second opinion, the woman, who can only be identified as Patient A, was told she did not have herpes, but a blocked gland, known as a bartholin's cyst.

A fitness to practise inquiry into Dr Ekky's treatment of the woman has heard that when confronted with this news by Patient A's husband, Dr Ekky had no substantive response.

He described his wife as "a lovely innocent lady" and said bringing an allegation of sexual misconduct into their home was "unforgivable".

EVIDENCE

Dr Ekky, who works at the Drumcondra Clinic in Dublin, denies seven allegations of poor professional practice in relation to her treatment of the woman.

These include that she diagnosed Patient A with herpes when there was no clinical evidence of this diagnosis and that she caused undue distress to Patient A and her husband.

Dr Ekky's barrister Jane O'Neil BL told the inquiry her client acknowledged she caused distress to Patient A and apologised for this.

In her evidence to the inquiry, Patient A said she was "was completely shocked," by the diagnosis.

She decided to make a complaint because she felt that if she had been in a different relationship it could have been "completely destroyed".

The decision in the case is due tolater today.

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