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Woman Sues Doctor Over 'Wrongful' Full Hysterectomy

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By Sally Pryor

A Canberra woman suffered severe psychological distress from being thrust into early menopause at 44, the result of what she claims was a botched hysterectomy five years ago, a court heard yesterday.

Dragica Lubjic, now 49, launched a civil claim for assault and negligence against obstetrician and gynaecologist Sydney Robert Armellin in the ACT Supreme Court for wrongfully performing a full hysterectomy when she had asked for only her uterus to be removed.

Ms Lubjic, who had worked on and off as a cleaner since she moved to Australia from Croatia at the age of 19, was referred to Dr Armellin in 2003 when an ultrasound showed she had fibroids in her uterus.