Lafuria patients speak out

May 18, 2007
By Theresa Schmidt

Allegations that ob-gyn doctor Peter Lafuria took explicit photos in the examining room has now expanded to include at least one woman who says,  at the time it happened to her,  she was 17.

It was a week or so ago when a 46 year old woman we'll call Ann was asked to come to the Calcasieu Sheriff's department to see if several photos in the Lafuria investigation were of her in the exam room. Ann says she was shocked to find herself in four photos. "I'm going through a lot of emotions right now. Half the time I'll cry and then the other half I'll get really, really angry and I want him to suffer, I want him to hurt. I want him to be left totally desolate. I do. I'm just so angry that someone I trusted so much could hurt me like this."

But even more devastating to Ann, she says, was to discover one of her daughters had also been photographed. The daughter is 20 now but says she was 17 then. "I would love for him to be in jail the rest of his life. That would be great. Definitely never to practice medicine again. I would like him to suffer."

Though we are not revealing their identities, the women have shown us copies of their criminal complaints on file with the sheriff's department. Both women say they will have a hard time trusting a male doctor in the future.  Says the mother, "Right now my trust, where a physician is concerned, especially a male physician, is gone. I'm going to find a physician, but I guarantee it's going to be a female physician."  Her daughter is concerned that some women may put their health at risk, by being less likely to see a doctor.  "I don't want this to discourage people not to go to the gynecologist, which, I mean, I'm terrified to go now." Adds her mom, "We just want people to be aware that there are certain ways doctors are supposed to behave and to ask 'What's protocol.'" Ann and her daughter to plan to file a lawsuit against Lafuria.

We have attempted to contact the attorney representing Dr. Lafuria and are waiting for word as to whether he has any comment.

When Lafuria was first arrested, attorney Glen Vamvoras said he expected the facts to show no wrongdoing on the part of his client.