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Patient Suing Doctor Who Removed Both Ovaries Instead Of 1


A transgender patient is suing a Utah doctor who they say removed both of their ovaries after the two had discussed only removing one.

Lesley Ann Shaw filed a lawsuit July 21 in the 3rd District Court against Dr. Rixt Luikenaar for malpractice. The 37-year-old, who does not identify as male or female, went to the doctor after experiencing menstruation problems and pain for several weeks.

According to court records, the two had discussed performing a hysterectomy, where Luikenaar would remove both fallopian tubes and one ovary. Shaw woke up to discover both ovaries had been taken away. Shaw says they had agreed to the surgery thinking that they would still have one ovary left.

Luikenaar's lawyer says the doctor is a well-qualified OB-GYN and has extensive experience with transgender patients.