And, as we should be used to at this stage, the meeja haven't read the report and discovered the pertinent findings.
No general pattern of immediate or developmental injury was seen. The evidence did not confirm that symphysiotomy inevitably leads to lifelong pain or disability or those symphysiotomy patients aged in a manner which was different to those of non-symphysiotomy women. The majority of applicants who underwent symphysiotomy made a good recovery and went on to have normal pregnancies and deliveries and to lead a full life. Most applicants had at least 4 normal deliveries after the symphysiotomy. <…>
Many applicants who did not undergo symphysiotomy provided statements of fairly harrowing memories of the operation and how their lives had been ruined, how they were unable to walk or take care of their babies, that they were incontinent, suffered prolapse of pelvic organs and had never recovered to this day. Much more concerning was that their claims of disability were supported by medical opinion.<…>
An extremely common memory was the hearing of the sound of a saw or seeing the doctor with a saw in his hands. No saw is used for symphysiotomy. The details contained in the personal statements of many applicants bore an uncanny resemblance to each other. That includes applicants who did not undergo symphysiotomy.<…>
Almost a third of applicants did not undergo symphysiotomy. This is a very significant number. <…> (185)<…>How could <…> so many other women wrongly believe that they had undergone this procedure with its highly publicised adverse effects?<…>
I must confess to a feeling of great sadness for those applicants who somehow believed that they were victims who had survived symphysiotomy only to learn that they were mistaken and that their recollections were based on error. Elderly women should not have to face such emotional turmoil. I have no doubt that some of them have spent good money presenting their claims which cannot be recouped. Those who have been active in representing themselves as victims to the media must now retrace their lives and must be understandably upset.