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    One Minute It's There, The Next It's Not

    I'd be pretty outraged --- and horrified.

    http://www.wlky.com/health/17550187/detail.html

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Shelby County man and his wife said two doctors amputated the man's penis without his consent, and have filed a lawsuit.



    According to the lawsuit, Philip Seaton, 61, went to have a circumcision last Octoberas part of treatment for a medical condition. Seaton said when he woke up from the procedure, he realized his penis had been amputated.

    Seaton has suffered mental anguish, pain, and has lost the enjoyment of life, according to the lawsuit.


    The lawsuit was filed in Shelby County court last week against Dr. John Patterson, who performed the procedure, Dr. Oliver James, who administered anesthesia, and Commonwealth Urology, PSC.


    The lawsuit states that Patterson received consent to perform a circumcision and only a circumcision, and that Seaton did not consent to his penis being removed.


    Kevin George, the plaintiff's attorney, said Patterson amputated the organ after finding cancer, but he only had consent to remove the foreskin.


    "Sometimes you have an emergency and you have to do this, but he could very easily closed him up and said, 'Here are your options. You have cancer,' and the family would have said, 'We want a second opinion. This is a big deal,'" George said.


    The lawsuit also claims the plaintiff did not consent to general anesthesia.

    WLKY attempted to contact the doctors, but have not been able to reach them.


    The Seatons are seeking punitive damages against both doctors and the medical practice. Attorneys for the defendants will now have a chance to respond to the suit.

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    Re: One Minute It's There, The Next It's Not

    Note to self, next time I have any surgery I'm writing "DO NOT REMOVE" on parts of my body I want to keep.

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    Re: One Minute It's There, The Next It's Not

    This reminds me of that one I read about a couple years ago. The man had a severe infection in his left foot and was in to have it amputated. Apparently the nurse marked the wrong foot and they cut off his right foot instead. Then when they realized the mistake they had to cut the left one off as planned. The poor fellow had both feet amputated instead of one and immediately filed a lawsuit. The saddest part is that he lost the suit.

    He didn't have a leg to stand on.
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    Re: One Minute It's There, The Next It's Not

    Quote Originally Posted by Highlifeman21 View Post
    Note to self, next time I have any surgery I'm writing "DO NOT REMOVE" on parts of my body I want to keep.
    Most surgeries don't require removing anything.... I have had 24 of them and only twice have things been removed (knee scope and then ACL replacement with a knee scope as well). It would probably be much easier to just put 'DO NOT REMOVE ANYTHING EXCEPT .....'

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    Re: One Minute It's There, The Next It's Not

    Quote Originally Posted by OldRightHander View Post
    This reminds me of that one I read about a couple years ago. The man had a severe infection in his left foot and was in to have it amputated. Apparently the nurse marked the wrong foot and they cut off his right foot instead. Then when they realized the mistake they had to cut the left one off as planned. The poor fellow had both feet amputated instead of one and immediately filed a lawsuit. The saddest part is that he lost the suit.

    He didn't have a leg to stand on.
    I really hope thats a joke. Obviously the punchline is, but in all of my surgeries the doctor himself did the marking of the incisions with marker on me, while I was still awake and then initialed on the body part that they were doing to confirm he had actually done it.

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    Re: One Minute It's There, The Next It's Not

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    I really hope thats a joke. Obviously the punchline is, but in all of my surgeries the doctor himself did the marking of the incisions with marker on me, while I was still awake and then initialed on the body part that they were doing to confirm he had actually done it.
    Actually it is a joke. I had elbow surgery a couple years ago as those around here then know from my detailed updates, and the nurse was the one who marked which elbow was getting cut, but I think the surgeon was there as well.
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