Woman sues surgeon over unwanted tattoo

July 16, 2008 8:59:38 AM PDT
A Camden County woman is suing her orthopedic surgeon for putting a temporary tattoo on her stomach while he operated on her in April.

Elizabeth Mateo discovered the rose below her panty line the next morning.

Lawyer Gregg Shivers says she was extremely emotionally upset, especially because her surgery was on her back.

Dr. Steven Kirshner's lawyer, Robert Agre, said his client does not deny leaving the mark. The lawyer says the doctor does it on patients to improve their spirits.

Mateo is seeking punitive and compensatory damages.

Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com