The Court of Appeal rules in favor of the former Wake Forest doctor accused of ruining a woman’s chances of getting pregnant. | criminality

In October 2020, Judge Eric Morgan of Forsyth Superior Court granted what is known as summary judgment, meaning Morgan ruled in favor of the doctor and Wake Forest without having to hold a jury trial. The ruling meant the lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice, which would bar Bryant from raising his claims again in a civil suit.

Bryant’s attorneys appealed Morgan’s decision to the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

According to the lawsuit, Bryant went to Yalcinkaya in 2007. Yalcinkaya was then director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Baptist. She went to see him for surgery to remove uterine fibroids. The lawsuit alleges that during the operation, Yalcinkaya inserted what is called a Gore-Tex barrier into her body which acted as an IUD birth control device. She alleged that Yalcinkaya never told her about the device and that for the next 10 years she could not get pregnant.

It wasn’t until 2017, Bryant claims, that she discovered the device when it split in two, requiring emergency surgery. A doctor involved in this operation told her that she would have to undergo a hysterectomy.

But according to the appeals court ruling, Yalcinkaya documented that during the operation, he learned that Bryant had stage IV endometriosis. Endometriosis is a painful condition in which cells inside the lining of the uterus begin to grow outside of it. He inserted the device to prevent the scar tissue from coming back.

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