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I was shot while performing a vasectomy

Dr Andrew Rynne is Ireland’s first vasectomy doctor and a contraceptive rights campaigner. He describes the moment he was attacked by an ex-patient while performing surgery.

Dr Andrew Rynne is Ireland’s first vasectomy doctor. He was an advocate for contraceptive rights in the Republic of Ireland during the 1970s and 1980s - at one point even facing prison time for selling condoms without a prescription. One afternoon in 1990, a man burst into his doctor’s surgery while he was performing a vasectomy and pointed a gun at his head. The gunman fired at Dr Andrew several times, shooting him in the hip. The doctor narrowly escaped and the man turned out to be a disgruntled ex-patient. Dr Andrew later went to meet his attacker and make peace with him. He appears in a new documentary called The Vasectomy Doctor.

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(Photo: Dr Andrew Rynne from The Vasectomy Doctor. Credit: Paul Webster)

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