In October 2015, a British woman who was just 28 months pregnant became the first woman in the world to have a tubal ligation performed without her consent.
After a lengthy legal battle and a massive public backlash, the surgeon, Dr. Simon Goldsmith, was forced to resign from his job.
Goldsmith was not just a surgeon, he was also a public speaker and activist, and the British press dubbed him “the father of the modern tubal.”
In 2016, he published the book A Tubal Ligation: The Surprising Truth About the Surprising and Dangerous Treatment of Women in the United States.
The book has since been translated into 25 languages and sold more than 100,000 copies.
Gold Smith’s book became an instant bestseller, and now, he’s hoping to do the same in the U.K. It is, after all, his third book.
The first two, in 2008 and 2009, were critical of the British Medical Association (BMA), the British government, and its policies.
“It is an appalling thing to see a woman get a tubectomy without her permission,” Goldsmith told me.
“I thought, This is a terrible thing to happen, but I also knew that there was no point in stopping there.
If I were to be stopped, then I was stopping a woman from having the surgery.”
So he wrote a book about the history of tubal ligations and what he and other doctors learned about them.
The story of the first tubal operation Goldsmith’s book tells is a cautionary tale.
He points to the experience of a woman in a Northern Ireland hospital in the early 1980s.
The woman was a former inmate at the notorious RUC prison.
She was told she was pregnant by her cousin, but she refused to give the baby up.
The next day, the woman was taken to the operating room, and Goldsmith described the moment she knew the woman’s body was full of liquid.
Her body was dripping.
Gold was told by a surgeon she would not be able to save the baby.
Gold had no idea how long she was supposed to stay in the operating theatre, and she knew her time was up.
“The woman said to me, ‘Doctor, I can’t do it, you’ve got to get out,'” Goldsmith recalled.
“She was in so much pain.
I thought, Why did I tell you to leave?
I didn’t know how long I was going to be there.”
The woman had undergone a tubeless procedure, which was a procedure in which the woman removed her pregnancy from her uterus and inserted a plastic tube into her bladder.
In order to save her life, the patient would have had to remove her bladder, a procedure called laparotomy.
Laparotomy was an extremely risky procedure because it left her unable to breathe for at least an hour, and it had to be done in a sterile setting.
Gold, who had been working at a women’s clinic in the Northern Ireland city of Fermanagh for years, thought the woman should have been able to perform the procedure in the privacy of her own hospital room.
She wasn’t going to risk getting hurt.
In an interview with the Irish Times, Gold said, “The idea of someone who is not in a hospital bed in a darkened room, who is completely alone, was absolutely terrifying.”
In March 1981, Goldsmith performed the first successful laparoscopic tubal procedure on the woman.
She had undergone surgery in the 1960s and had a full bladder.
Gold then performed the second successful lapidotomy on the patient, which left her with a small bladder, but her cervix remained open.
Gold said that after performing the second operation, she thought, Oh God, I’ve done something wrong.
This is what I need to do.
I need the woman to be able see me.
I don’t want to see her in pain.
“A year later, in November 1981, he performed the third successful lapisotomy on her.
Gold knew that the woman needed to see him, and he needed to make sure she understood that she was in no danger.
“That’s why she was screaming, ‘No, no, no. “
At this point, it was really obvious that this was going wrong,” Gold said.
“That’s why she was screaming, ‘No, no, no.
She knew the procedure would be a horrible, humiliating, painful experience, and that she would have to leave immediately. “
When the woman finally woke up, she said she was aghast.
She knew the procedure would be a horrible, humiliating, painful experience, and that she would have to leave immediately.
Gold did what he could to comfort her.
He gave her some warm clothes and a massage.
He made sure the woman could get a cup of tea.
He put on a white blouse and put on some white gloves.
If I hadn’t had my own bodyguard