A doctor was arrested on a charge of theft after allegedly stealing the eggs of a woman who underwent a procedure at his clinic, according to police in Italy.
70-year-old Severino Antinori of Rome, was arrested as he was about to leave the country at the Fiumicino airport.
The gynecologist was charged with theft and causing injury.
Police launched an investigation after a 24-year-old woman filed a complaint, saying that Antinori diagnosed her with an ovarian cyst with the sole intention of harvesting her eggs.
During the procedure, Antinori removed the woman’s eggs without her knowledge. The woman told investigators that her cellphone was taken away before the procedure.
She was forcibly restrained, put under anesthesia and underwent surgery without her consent. The woman called police from a payphone at the clinic after the surgery.
Prosecutors said that the arrest of Antinori, is extremely serious as it indicates the existence of a black market for eggs.
Antinori became famous around the world after successfully treating women older than 60 years old who suffered from infertility.