Dr. Gerald Mulvaney, a Jamaican now living in the United States, has practiced obstetrics and gynecology for 30 years, operating on hundreds of women during that time.

However, he says one of his most rewarding experiences involved a 400-pound gorilla at the North Carolina Zoological Park.

Dr. Mulvaney and Dr. Sameh Toma, his partner at the North Carolina Center for Reproductive Medicine, and the zoo?s senior veterinarian Dr. Ryan De Voe, performed a hysterectomy on Donna, a 38-year-old, 400-pound gorilla.

The gynaecologist was called in to examine Donna after her monthly flow failed to stop and it was felt that her problem required more expertise than the vets could offer.

Western Lowland gorillas are said to be an endangered species. They are the largest animals in the primate class and they populate dense forests and lowland swamps in the African countries of Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Central African Republic, and Equatorial Guinea. Full-grown adult Western Lowland gorillas range in height from five feet to six feet and they can weigh anywhere between 160 pounds and 400 pounds. In the wild, they live 30 or 40 years but in captivity, their lifespan is extended by 10 years.

Since the procedure, described by the doctors as “difficult and intricate“, Donna has been swinging down the road to recovery.

Mulvaney was a boy when he migrated to the United States in 1968. He studied at Boston University and trained at the King’s County Hospital in Brooklyn. After that, he practised for three years, taught for seven more, then started his private practice in 1981.

In Jamaica, he lived in Allman Town and did his early schooling at Vaz Preparatory and St George’s College.

The Ob-Gyn is married and has four children. He operates Triangle OG and the North Carolina Centre for Reproductive Medicine (NCCRM) in Cary and Greensboro, North Carolina.

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