Fayetteville doctor admits ‘there was no way I was going to be able to stop this’
— Fayetteville-based gynecologist Dr. James Breen has admitted that he failed to tell his patients that they could get pregnant during their pregnancy, and is now facing criminal charges for lying to them.
According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Breen, a doctor with the Fayette County Women’s Center, told a patient he was able to perform a hysterectomy and then have a baby at home.
But, the patient did not get the procedure and was left with complications, including a miscarriage.
The patient was able, however, to have a child, who was born healthy, and now has an adult daughter, who is a nurse practitioner.
Dr. Breen resigned from the FPC in February after being arrested.
According to court documents, he told the patient that he would perform a C-section if she was willing to be put on a diet and given antibiotics during her pregnancy.
However, he later changed his mind and the patient ended up with a stillborn child.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
As a physician, Dr. Bouner’s job is to help women understand how to get pregnant, he has told The Associated Press.
But he said he failed the patient because he was busy with other work.
“I told her I would do a C/S or whatever, but I did not want to be distracted,” he said.
The Fayette Daily Record reports that Breen’s attorney, Michael L. Williams, said Breen told the woman that he was not a licensed physician and was trying to “sell out.”
“Dr. Williams said that Bouners actions have caused harm to the patient and her family,” the newspaper reported.
Breen resigned as FPC chief in March, citing family obligations.