Doc carves initials in womenFriday, January 21, 2000
-- A woman has filed a $5.5 million lawsuit against a doctor who carved his initials -"A" and "Z" -into her stomach after delivering her baby girl by Caesarean section.
Dr. Allan Zarkin used a scalpel to carve the 3 -by-1 1/2 -inch letters into the skin of Liana Gedz on Sept. 7, according to lawyers on both sides of the case. The baby was healthy.
"I feel like a branded animal," Gedz, 31, told the Daily News. "I feel like I was raped, like I was violated.
She said she will need extensive plastic surgery to remove the marks.
Barry Fallick, Zarkin's lawyer, said the doctor admits carving the letters as a sedated Gedz was recovering. Fallick says the doctor blames a "frontal lobe disorder" affecting his personality and behavior that was diagnosed after the incident.
Zarkin, 61, agreed to suspend his medical practice two weeks ago after state health authorities launched a probe, the newspaper reported, citing an unidentified Health Department spokeswoman.
Beth Israel Medical Center, where the delivery was performed, has suspended Zarkin's right to practice there. The hospital is also named in the lawsuit.
City prosecutors are also investigating, the News said.