TORONTO, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A Canadian woman says hospital officials initially rebuffed her when she accused a doctor of sexually molesting her while she was under anesthesia.
The woman testified in a Toronto courtroom during the trial of anesthesiologist Dr. George Doodnaught, who is accused of sexually assaulting 21 women, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Thursday.
The 41-year-old woman detailed in graphic terms how she was molested in February 2010 while sedated but conscious in an operating room at North York General Hospital.
The woman said when she complained to the head of anesthesiology, he told her there had been no other complaints against the doctor.
The hospital later admitted there had been complaints about the doctor, and the hospital and police opened investigations.
After Doodnaught was arrested, 20 other women filed similar complaints.
Doodnaught has pleaded not guilty to all 21 charges.
She told the court she recalled being unable to move and was shocked by what was happening with other doctors and nurses just steps away.
"I said to him, 'What about the other people and he lifted his head a little and said 'I know how to be discreet.'"
The woman told the court the next thing she remembered was the feeling and smell of the doctor forcing himself on her.
The woman testified that the day after her surgery, Doodnaught woke her up in her hospital room by caressing her cheek. She told the court she was scared when she saw him and when he asked if she remembered anything from the day before she lied and said no.
The woman testified she was eventually told there had been previous complaints against Doodnaught.
The hospital and police both launched investigations, ultimately leading to the current charges against Doodnaught.
The allegations from the other 20 women are similar.
Female patients claim Doodnaught kissed them, fondled their breasts and placed his ***** in their mouths and hands.