Arkansas Doctor Reprimanded for Secretly Sterilizing Patient With 'Learning Difficulties'

The Arkansas State Medical Board has reprimanded an obstetrician who once practiced in Berryville after she admitted to secretly tying the fallopian tubes of a patient with learning difficulties.

Dr. Shirolyn Ruth Moffett, who now has a private practice in Eureka Springs, performed the procedure on a patient last year during a Caesarean section. A split medical board vote 6-5 Thursday to place the reprimand on Moffett's permanent record, but it doesn't stop her from practicing medicine.

Moffett says she performed the procedure because she feared the lining of the patient's uterus would burst if she got pregnant again.

Moffett has resigned from her post at St. John's Hospital in Berryville. She also has decided never to deliver babies again.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette