An anesthesiologist who allegedly raped a pregnant woman during a C-section may have carried out attacks on two more mothers on the same day.
Giovanni Quintella Bezerra, 32, was arrested on suspicion of rape after he was allegedly secretly filmed orally raping a woman after he heavily sedated her at the Hospital da Mulher in São João de Meriti, Rio de Janeiro.
The woman’s husband was told to leave the room without being able to see his newborn baby, and only found out about what had happened to his wife when he recognized the doctor on television after his arrest.
‘I’ve never seen anything like it,’ said delegate Barbara Lomba, who is in charge of investigating the case.
The woman told family she thought she was having an hallucination at the time of the attack.
Mr. Bezerra only completed his medical training in anesthesia two months ago.
Hospital staff were reportedly worried about the amount of drugs he was giving to his patients so fitted a secret camera to see what he was up to.
The Health Foundation of the State of Rio de Janeiro and the Secretary of State for Health said: ‘We inform you that an internal investigation will be opened to take administrative measures.
‘The Hospital da Mulher team is providing full support to the victim and her family. This behaviour constitutes a crime, which must be punished in accordance with the legislation in force.’
Police praised hospital workers for taking action and recording the crime.
The custody hearing of the doctor will be held on Tuesday, according to the Court of Justice of Rio de Janeiro.
He is facing charges of rape with a prison sentence ranging from 8 to 15 years in Brazil.