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TRAGEDY: Elaine Riddick says she was sterilised against her will by the state of North Carolina.

A WOMAN who was raped by a neighbour when she was 13, claims that her home state of North Carolina ordered doctors to cut and tie her fallopian tubes to curb her promiscuity.

Elaine Riddick says she was branded 'feeble-minded' and 'promiscuous' after falling pregnant following her ordeal and forced to endure sterilisation.

"I got to the hospital and they put me in a room and that's all I remember," she told American television channel MSNBC.

"When I woke up, I woke up with bandages on my stomach," she continued.

The 57-year-old, who gave birth to a baby boy following the 1967 rape, only found out she had been sterilised after she and her husband decided to start a family.

"I have to live with this for the rest of my life," she said.

Though no specific amount has been agreed upon, it is thought that a sum of $20,000- $50,000 has been discussed by state officials as compensation.

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