Tuesday, August 23, 2011

News Story Of The Day: Man Sues Doctor Over Amputated Penis


From Mark W. and the NY Daily News.

Man sues doctor for amputating his penis during routine circumcision

Aug. 18, 2011--When Philip Seaton woke up after surgery in 2007, it was too late - make that way, way too late - to seek a second opinion.

The Kentucky man was in court Thursday, suing his doctor for amputating his penis during what was scheduled as a routine circumcision to relieve inflammation.

Seaton and his wife Deborah are seeking unspecified damages from Dr. John Patterson to compensate the couple for "loss of service, love and affection."

Jury selection in the case began Thursday, with the ponytailed plaintiff seated alongside his attorney.

An attorney for Patterson said the Louisville doctor had to remove Seaton's penis after discovering cancer during the surgery.

But the lawsuit contends that even if Patterson did find cancer during the Oct. 19, 2007, procedure, it was a non-emergency situation - and Seaton never had a chance to consider other options.

"It didn't have to happen that way," he said in 2008, when the lawsuit was filed.

His attorney, Kevin George, said in a pre-trial hearing that the case is simple: Whether jurors find Patterson's decision was "a necessary part of the surgery."

Defense attorney Clay Robinson maintains the doctor "had no reasonable option" other than removing the cancer - and the penis.

The Seatons have already reached an undisclosed settlement with Jewish Hospital, where the surgery was done.


  1. Yikes! Now that's a rude awakening!

    "He ran out of room for 'Mayonnaise.'" hahaha!

  2. "Uh, Mr. Seaton? I have some good news and some bad news. The good news? Your circumcision surgery went off without a hitch.

    The bad news?

    Well, have you ever tried to even out the legs on a wobbly chair? You know how you wind up cutting and cutting and the legs never come out even?

    Well, it's kinda like that.

    Mr. Seaton please stop crying sir. I hear they're doing wonderful things now with transplants..."

  3. OK, any normal, non-psychotic, doctor would WAIT until the patient was recovered from the scheduled surgery, before hacking off his doodle. Also, and I could be wrong here, separate medical/surgery agreements/waivers/whatever would need to be signed for - ESPECIALLY - this type of surgery. I hope the "doctor" had his license yanked and his malpractice insurer was put out of biz due to the size of the settlement. Ri-DICK--culous.



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