Woman protests topless after double mastectomy 'assault'

Kim Bowles had a double mastectomy at Cleveland Clinic, and says a doctor left her too much skin after the surgery despite her request to be left flat.
Kim Bowles had a double mastectomy at Cleveland Clinic, and says a doctor left her too much skin after the surgery despite her request to be left flat. Photo credit: Kim Bowles / Cleveland 19 News

A US woman is protesting topless to raise awareness about the malpractice she says she underwent.

Kim Bowles had a double mastectomy at Cleveland Clinic, and says a doctor left her too much skin after the surgery despite her request to be left flat.

"As I was lying there I heard him say, I'll just leave a little there in case you change your mind," she told local news station Cleveland 19 News.

She is now protesting topless at one of Cleveland's busiest intersections, demanding the clinic change its procedures.

"It's harder to ignore when somebody is in your face with their shirt off. It's not pretty but life's not fair, and what happened to me is not pretty either.

"It was malpractice, assault, disregarding my consent, leaving me disfigured so that I have to have another surgery and all that carries with it; attended risks and costs, time away from my kids, more money." 

The clinic says it conducted three reviews into the incident and determined the extra skin was left to prevent jeopardising her arm movement.

But Ms Bowles wants change.

"Part of the reason I have my shirt off is just so people can see: this happened to me, I'm a real person, you can't ignore it."

She has gained around 30,000 signatures on a petition demanding the clinic change its policy to prevent this from happening to anyone else.

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