Eight more women come forward against abortionist accused of fraud: ‘It was like torture’
Since he was arrested for allegedly prescribing abortion-inducing drugs to women who are not pregnant, eight additional women have come out with tales of abuse against Dr. Nareshkumar Gandalal “Naresh” Patel.
Two women have come forward publicly, saying the abortionist has a disregard for his patients' suffering – and even performed an abortion without administering anesthesia.
A 39-year-old woman sought an abortion because she was suffering complications, including an enlarged heart. “The thought of passing away and leaving a baby behind was more than I could bear,” she told KFOR-TV.
So, she scheduled a visit to Dr. Patel's Outpatient Services for Woman abortion facility in the Oklahoma City suburb of Warr Acres. They told her to bring $1,100.
When she arrived, payment in hand, for her appointment, the nightmare began.
“I went back, and they quickly did this ultrasound and he immediately said, ‘You’re two weeks further along than what you’re telling me,'” she said. “They said, ‘Well, that’s going to be another $500,'” she said.
“A nurse came into the room and strapped my wrists down to the table,” she said. They also strapped down her ankles and “held my forehead down to the table.”
Then, she says, Dr. Patel began performing an abortion on her without numbing her body in any way.
“I’d never known anything like it in my life,” she said. “It was like torture.”
She believes God watched over her during the agonizing process. “I had to have had something bigger than me protecting me in that room that day,” she said, “because physically and emotionally, I never would’ve had the strength to go through something like that.”
But she may not have been the only woman to undergo agony at the hands of Dr. Naresh Patel. A younger woman came forward publicly, as well.
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“Around Christmas time last year I found out I was pregnant,” she said. “And of course, being a teenager, you're scared.”
She says Patel preyed on that fear. Like the woman two decades her senior, she too says Patel changed the date on the ultrasound by several weeks.
“He pressed down really, really hard” during the ultrasound. “And I said, ‘That hurts a little bit,'” she said. “And he didn't say anything.”
She said he maintained a “poker face” throughout the procedure, sending the message, “I'm here to do one job.”
The young woman, who also did not wish to be identified publicly, is expecting another child at this time.
These are two of eight women have come forward to complain about Patel's actions, according to the Oklahoma Attorney General's office.
The AG's office and other state affiliates conducted an undercover operation of Patel's office after an allegation that he performed an “abortion” on a woman who was not pregnant. Attorney General Scott Pruitt says that Patel charged women for prescribing abortifacient drugs to them even though they were not expecting. Officers seized computers and medical records from Dr. Patel's office on Thursday.
A recent survey found that nearly half of all abortionists fear being exposed by undercover investigations.
Officials charged Patel with three counts of obtaining money under a false pretense. If convicted, he could be sentenced to three years in jail and a $15,000 fine.
The 39-year-old hopes Patel serves the full three years behind bars.
“He deserves it,” she said.
Former patients may file a complaint with the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure.
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