Dr Xavier Mmono, 53, has been accused of groping a debt-ridden patient’s breasts, pictured outside a tribunal in Manchester
A gynaecologist groped a debt-ridden patient’s breasts and sent her ‘inappropriate’ texts to encourage her to have cosmetic surgery on her vagina, a tribunal heard today.
Dr Xavier Mmono, 53, conducted intimate examinations on the care worker, 32, without a chaperone and sent her messages about being ‘friends with benefits’.
Despite the woman saying she could not afford the £1,800 labiaplasty to reduce part of her vaginal area, Mmono insisted she could ‘pay later’ and joked about her ‘Big O’.
When she underwent the operation at Mmono’s private Manchester clinic, the gynaecologist allegedly put his hands down her top and told her to ‘touch his d***’.
The woman said ‘no’ – causing Mmono to step back and accidentally smash an expensive piece of equipment, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal heard today.
Mmono, who runs The Aesthetic and Laser Clinic, has denied misconduct.
The tribunal heard how Mmono text the woman, known as Patient A, the night before the operation, saying: ‘Have one last play. Night! x.’
He also talked of friends being causal sexual partners adding: ‘Mates with benefits good I agree! Will remind u in 2 years when not a patient’.
Mmono also previously messaged her when she failed to show up for treatment, saying: ‘I thought u were out having sex with ur friend (sic)!’
The woman, complained about Mmono after his Aesthetic and Laser Clinic sent her a letter warning her of legal action when she failed to pay her bill.
In a text she said: ‘You were so inappropriate at our meeting with you asking me if I wanted to touch your d***.’
The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service was told the woman had met Mmono in February 2015.
Mmono, who runs The Aesthetic and Laser Clinic in Manchester (shown), has denied misconduct
She decided to undergo the labiaplasty procedure when she split up with her boyfriend who had been mocking the size of her genitalia.
During the first consultation, Mmono said a lot of strippers had the procedure done.
The patient told the hearing: ‘At the first consultation Dr Mmono said a lot of strippers and exotic dancers had the procedure done and he was the best at it.
‘I explained to him why I wanted the procedure done and he said it was a relatively simple thing.
‘I spoke to my friend on the phone who was a nurse and she specifically advised me not to go back saying she didn’t think someone should ever make me feel like I needed to have something done. However I did go and have this procedure done.
‘I thought it was going to make me feel different about myself but to this day I didn’t get what I wanted. I went there for a procedure and it didn’t get completed, it was not what I was told it was going to be.
She told the hearing how she was in a ‘bad place’ and felt the gynaecologist’s behaviour was inappropriate.
‘He abused his position of trust, he had gone to a vulnerable person and said ‘I’ll do it for you’ when I said I couldn’t afford it,’ she said.
‘I made it very very clear I couldn’t afford it. When someone is vulnerable you don’t take advantage.
‘I was in a bad place and I on’t think a doctor saying you have such a big ‘O’ is appropriate. Looking back at it I do think it was for sexual motivation.
‘I didn’t tell my friend I went back because I was embarrassed as she told me not to go. I should have not had the procedure done, I should have reported him to the police.’
Catherine Cundy, the counsel for the General Medical Council, told the hearing how no chaperone was present when Mmono carried out the intimate examination.
‘On arrival Patient A noted no one else was working besides Dr Mmono, there was no nurse or other chaperone present when he undertook the intimate examination of the patient,’ she said.
‘She told Dr Mmono she had split up from her partner who made comments about her genitalia which she said upset her.
‘He told her he could improve things. The procedure did not take place as originally planned but Dr Mmono continued to contact Patient A via text signing his messages of with kisses and addressing Patient A as ‘babes’.
‘She was not expressing any direct wish to rebook the procedure but he continued to contact her asking her when she would next be in Manchester and saying he had been thinking of her.
‘She indicated she still did want to have the procedure once she had paid off various debts but he responded saying she could have it done and pay later if she wanted.
‘The new date for the procedure and the discussion turned to sex and he commented saying he is not getting any at the moment.
‘He talked about ‘mates with benefits’, by which he means friends who are also casual sexual partners, are a good thing and he would ‘remind her in two years when she is no longer a patient.’
‘He speculated whether she will be worth the wait and then said ‘less sex talk’.
Ms Cundy told the hearing how Mmono ‘pressed her for details’ about an embarrassing situation.
‘Speculating she got caught in a compromising situation, he asks whether she had: ‘Such a big ‘O’ she wet the bed’.
‘Then she eventually tells him what happened. He signs off by suggesting: ‘Have one last play. Night x.’
The hearing was told on the day of the procedure Patient A removed the lower half of her clothing only for Dr Mmono to say her breasts ‘looked nice.’
Miss Cundy said: ‘He put his hands down her top and cupped her breasts in turn. He asked whether she wanted to touch him.
‘She said no she didn’t and he stepped back knocking into a piece of equipment behind him.
‘They continued to exchange text messages asking her how her ‘foo’ was, referring to her genitalia. After a few days Patient A responded saying that the stitches had started to come out and she was concerned this was too soon.’
The woman went back to the surgery for a review but Mmono said laser treatment might help her then raised the issue of payment despite Patient A saying she had debt problems.
In August last year she returned to the UK from a trip abroad to find a letter threatening legal action for non-payment of surgery. She then reported Mmono to the GMC.
Mmono, from Salford, denies misconduct. The hearing continues.