Pictured: Dr Kwame Somuah-Boateng, 43, who is accused of telling a patient having sex with him would be ‘good’ for her condition
A senior doctor who had an affair with a patient he diagnosed with multiple sclerosis repeatedly told her having sex was good for her condition, a medical tribunal heard today.
Dr Kwame Somuah-Boateng, 43, told the woman that intercourse with him would stimulate the muscles in her legs and he had sex with her in his hospital sleeping quarters, saying: ‘Trust me I’m a doctor – it will help you to get your sensitivity back.’
The affair began in July 2012 after Patient A was admitted to the A&E department at Croydon University Hospital where Boateng comforted her after she was diagnosed with MS.
During their illicit romance, Somuah-Boateng took his mistress who is in her 30s to a christening and vowed to marry her an have a her son by her – even though he already had a wife and daughters in his native Ghana, it was claimed.
He claimed having sex would help her ‘regain the feelings in her vagina’ and would ‘help her pelvic floor muscles because they were weak.’ He said it would help her ‘to feel normal – feel like a woman.’
The six-month fling ended when the woman – known as Patient A – discovered she might be pregnant only for him to warn her his wife would ‘kill’ the baby, it was alleged.
When she thought she had miscarried he tried to have sex with her again.
She discovered what Dr Somuah-Boateng had told her about sex and her condition was false when she went for a subsequent medical appointment for her MS, it was said.
At the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, Patient A said: ‘If I had known that what was happening to me was something dreadful, that something dreadful had happened to me I would have had the police at my door.
‘He told me sex was good for my condition numerous times. Initially I thought that it was going to help me get my feelings back, I just wanted to be normal again. He was telling me he was going to help me, I thought he was the only one who could help me, the only one I could talk to about the condition because he was telling me he understood it.
Somuah-Boateng, pictured, met Patient A when he escorted her to a colleague for an MRI scan and when she was devastated to discover she had MS he began comforting her
She said: ‘At the time I thought the relationship was normal. He made me feel safe and he made me think that I couldn’t speak to family or friends about my condition and told me not to look thinks up on the internet.
‘I thought: ‘wow isn’t it great to have your own personal doctor looking after you’. Now I feel like I was groomed into a relationship with this man.’
The affair began in July 2012 after Patient A was admitted to the A&E department at Croydon University Hospital in South London when she complained of being unable to feel her legs or feet properly.
Somuah-Boateng, a urologist had escorted Patient to a colleague for an MRI scan and when she was devastated to subsequently discover she had MS he began comforting and advising her about her condition.
Patient A told the hearing Somuah-Boateng was the medic who explained to her what MS was and said he comforted her at the hospital, calling her a few days later to see how she was doing.
She said he wanted to know if she had a boyfriend and offered to take her out.
They agreed to go to a Christening and when she asked if he needed her address, she alleged he said: ‘I’ve already got it from your files’.
Speaking at the hearing, she said: ‘He picked me up and I had a nice time. In the car on the way back he told me that I had nice legs and asked me to pull my dress up so he could see more of them and I said no.
‘He tried to kiss me and put his hand between my legs but I said no. He was calling me every day. I didn’t recognise myself as being in any danger.’
The affair began in July 2012 after Patient A was admitted to the A&E when she complained of being unable to feel her legs or feet properly and she met Dr Kwame Somuah-Boateng (pictured)
She told of a time where he came over and began massaging her feet, telling her she needed to stimulate them.
Patient A said: ‘Then he moved my legs apart and started giving me oral sex, telling me that it would stimulate the muscles down there and help get the sensation back.. I was uncomfortable and I told him to stop and he didn’t at first and when I told him to again he did.
She added: ‘He commented that I ‘don’t give in to having sex easily’ and I am good at saying ‘no’.’
The patient told the hearing she didn’t recognise who she was anymore.
She said: ‘I just wanted to feel normal again, like all other women. I was on my own and angry, confused and scared with no friends of family who understood the condition and no one to talk to.
‘The first time I had sex with Kwame he said to me: ‘trust me I’m a doctor – it will help you to get your sensitivity back.’ He was giving me the support I needed and my emotions were up and down.
‘I wanted to have sex with him because I thought it helped. We had sex twice in the on call doctors sleeping quarters at the hospital as well.’
She said the doctor told her he loved her and wanted to have his child.
‘We had a few pregnancy scares and he was very excited about them, saying oh we can try again when it turned out I wasn’t pregnant.
‘But I went to see my mum in America in December and I thought I was pregnant again and something changed. I rang him and said that I thought I might be pregnant and he wasn’t happy about it. He said that he wasn’t going to tell his family and that his wife would kill the baby,’ she said.
The panel heard how Patient A said she felt she was receiving mixed signals from the doctor who no longer knew at this stage if they should stay together.
Dr Somuah-Boateng’s affair with Patient A ended after she discovered she might be pregnant
When she returned from America, she said she wanted to ended things so he came over to her house but told her how much he loved her.
She said: ‘He told me horny he was feeling. He knew what had happened to me, the miscarriage, and so how could he expect me to have sex given what had just happened?
‘When I said no he was annoyed, and I went to make a cup of tea. I found him in my bedroom naked. I was disgusted with him, and asked him what he was doing. I cussed him out and sent him a text saying it was over and that was the last contact I had with him.’
She said she was once a fighter but now felt weak, physically and mentally.
Lawyer for the General Medical Council Miss Natasha Tahta said ahead of the relationship becoming sexual Dr Somuah-Boateng had phoned Patient A ‘nearly every day’.
She said: ‘Dr Somuah-Boateng told Patient A that he was speaking to her consultant and passing information on as a ‘hypothetical’ patient – but he never did.
‘He said she should trust him because he was a doctor. He stated to her on a number of occasion that sex was good for her and would help her regain feeling and help her feel normal again which she wanted.
‘She was reliant on him for emotional support but became upset about what she perceived to be him using her for his sexual gratification.
‘During a appointment at the hospital for her MS she was talking to a nurse and discovered what Dr Somuah-Boateng had told her about MS was incorrect. She explained to her nurse about the relationship and it was that nurse who convinced her to write a letter to the chief executive of the hospital.’
Somuah-Boetang of Mitcham, Surrey, denies he initiated contact with Patient A, insisting that she contacted him and asked him for the sexual contact. He also denies sperate charges of supplying her with any prescription medication, only paracetamol.
The hearing continues.
In 2015 at Croydon Crown Court he stood trial for attempted rape and assault by penetration but was cleared by a jury.