A group of Australian women have united against a suspended cosmetic doctor who they say "butchered" them during low-cost breast surgery. The women allege Western Sydney cosmetic surgeon Dr Leslie Blackstock subjected them to uncommon surgeries, reportedly waking them up mid-operation to demand they make surgical decisions and Facetiming their loved ones to ask their opinion.
Sunday Night reporter Angela Cox said, “All of these women say they were left humiliated and disfigured by one man."
“I could feel him ripping me, my breast tissue and screaming and my partner heard me screaming from down the hall,” one former patient said.
Drugged but still conscious and propped up in front of a mirror in the middle of their operation, the women claim they were asked to inspect their own implants and give feedback.
Another recalled her husband and neighbour being dialled in on an iPad to ask if her “boobs were big enough”.
In 2017, Blackstock's licence was suspected after The Daily Telegraph revealed bizarre conduct. It was the promise of safe, low-cost breast augmentation that led so many women to the no-frills front door of Blackstock's Penrith practice.
Nikki Warman, a former patient, recalled meeting Blackstock for the first time after she’d already been given pre-surgery drugs. “They called it ‘twilight surgery’, so he said that at any given point, I could answer. I could feel what was happening to me and I screamed,” she said.
She said she felt “everything” during the procedure. “I felt…the opening. I felt the knife. I could feel the skin being pulled and then I could feel him open with his fingers and put the implant in.”
Leading plastic surgeon Dr Rohit Kumar explained to Sunday Night just how unorthodox Blackstock’s methods had been.
“The choice of implant should be made between yourself and the surgeon way before you end up in theatre. You certainly do not wake your patient up to ask them that question (while) your patient is under the influence of mind-altering drugs, that they cannot give you an appropriately informed consent,” he said.
Sunday Night tracked him Dr Leslie Blackstock to the Gold Coast hinterland, where he lives in a $3 million hilltop property bought in his wife’s name. He refused to comment when approached repeatedly by Sunday Night’s Angela Cox.