Ohio Woman Still Scarred By 'Love' Doctor's Sex Surgery


'Love Surgery' Strained a 12-Year Marriage

Dillon eventually sought help from the University of Cincinnati. "I asked for the best doctor, because I had to find out what was wrong with me," she said.

"He looked at me and called in one of the nurses and said, 'Have you ever seen anything like this?' He had respositioned my vagina and circumcised me," said Dillon.

"The doctor said he had never seen it anywhere except in African tribes," she said.

The surgery strained her 12-year marriage.

"For the first time in my life I was happily married to a wonderful man," said Dillon. "The way I was deformed, I couldn't have sex. I ended up going through three different corrective surgeries but by that time, my marriage was shot and I lost the best thing that had happened in my life."

Dillon went public with her story in 1988 on the television news magazine show "West 57th Street" and found others who had suffered similar surgeries.

"We said we have to stop this man," she said. "I don't want to die young and have my daughter go to the same doctor."

At the time, Burt called the television report, "a conspiracy of lies," according to the Columbus Dispatch.

That same year, Burt was formally charged by the Ohio Medical Board for "gross immorality" and "grossly unprofessional conduct." He surrendered his license in 1989 to avoid further review.

Several other women filed malpractice lawsuits against Burt, but according to the New York Times, many of the cases were dropped because doctors would not testify.

Sandy Nagrotsky, a malpractice attorney from Lake Success, N.Y., was one of the lawyers who sued Burt for malpractice.

"What he did was diabolical -- outrageous," said Nagrotsky. "Women trusted their doctor and he took advantage of them."

"I don't know if he was motivated by or disturbed in terms of his sexuality or if he hated women," he said. "Who knows if he was crazy? But he believed he could create a better woman."

"Honestly, I have never seen anything like this," said Nagrotsky. "Most [medical] mistakes are never intentional. This had to be unless he didn't understand human anatomy. He must have known it would result in complications."

Burt filed for bankruptcy in 1991. But in 1994, he announced plans to launch a foundation dedicated to making his "love" surgeries accepted medical practice. He said he had many satisfied patients and was being copied by "expert plastic surgeons."

Dillon said she still lives with the pain of the ordeal, "on a daily basis."

"I still can't do things I used to love to do," she said. "It's been debilitating."

After moving around, living in Mexico and Florida, Dillon eventually moved back to Ohio and now is retired and living with her elderly parents as their caretaker.

"My life has taken a lot of different turns and ups and downs," she said. "So much of it happened because of that part of my life."

Dillon said she finds solace in those she loves -- her parents who both have Alzheimer's disease, three children and seven grandchildren.

"Looking back, you deal with the cards you are dealt with," she said. "But I am so blessed to have a family."

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