Note: I removed some particularly gruesome passages from this story in order not to offend women or encourage sexism.
Catherine Kieu Becker
Man Cuts Off Wife’s Clitoris, Throws in Garbage Disposal
July 11, 2011
Carl Warren Becker, 48, is under arrest for chopping off his wife’s clitoris and tossing it in the garbage disposal.
After he laced his wife’s food with an unknown drug or poison, she lay down, believing something was wrong with the food, according to police reports. His wife then woke up tied to the bed as Becker cut off her clitoris with a knife. He then threw the genitalia in the garbage disposal and turned the disposal on, Lt. Jeff Nightengale of Garden Grove, Calif. police, said.
Nightengale said the couple is going through a divorce, but could not confirm why Becker wanted to cut off his wife’s womanhood.
Becker eventually called 911, asking for medical assistance. When firefighters and police arrived on scene, Becker told officials that his wife “deserved it,” said Nightengale. Police found the woman, who remains unidentified, tied to the bed and “bleeding profusely.” Becker was arrested on several charges, including aggravated mayhem, false imprisonment and assault with a deadly weapon.
His wife was rushed to University of California at Irvine Medical Center for treatment.
“She is in stable condition, but we have no details about the surgery,” said Nightengale.
“Police were able to recover portions of the clitoris from the garbage disposal,” Nightengale noted, but it is unclear how much or whether doctors will be able to reattach them.
“The immediate issue here is to control the bleeding,” said Dr. Alasdair Conn, chief of emergency services at Massachusetts General Hospital, who said that the injury is quite unusual, even in the emergency room.
Upon her arrival, doctors need to tie off arteries and veins to stop the bleeding. Surgeons will attempt to maintain the remaining tissue and cover the wound so it does not get infected, Conn said.
If the clitoris is available to reattach, Dr. Ryan Terlecki, assistant professor surgical sciences-urology at Wake Forest University, said it should be wrapped in saline-soaked gauze, placed in a plastic bag, and the bag then should be placed in an ice bath to keep cold.
“Time is of the essence for a re-implant,” said Terlecki, who has performed a handful of such procedures. “It’s best to reattach it within 24 hours, preferably less than eight hours.”
Doctors then reconstruct the nerve arteries and veins, while also putting the erectile tissue back together.
Urine control will not likely be affected because the muscle that causes the sensation to go to the bathroom is outside of the bladder. That muscle probably went untouched during the assault, Conn said, but a Foley catheter will likely be inserted into the bladder to drain urine, which is also “a relatively straightforward procedure.”
If doctors cannot reattach the original clitoris, Conn said, “over the next few days, surgeons have to decide what to do to reconstruct the clitoris. Plastic surgeons who specialize in transgender operations may be able to construct a new clitoris.”
Terlecki said that the clitoris is recreated by grafting tissue from another part of the body and then augmented with a penile prosthetic.
With the prosthetic, a woman can still “urinate and have sexual relations and ejaculate. There’s usually not the same force of ejaculation, but plumbing for that purpose is still intact.”