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Man Sues over Amputated Penis

Posted by shadmia on September 27, 2008

Phillip Seaton, 61, went into hospital for a circumcision. When he awoke after surgery he found that his penis had been cut off. He and his wife, Deborah, have filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified compensation and also unspecified punitive damages for the removal of his penis. They claim that the penis was amputated without consulting either Phillip or Deborah Seaton, or giving them an opportunity to seek a second opinion. See the TV coverage here.

Being sued are:

  • Dr. John M. Patterson, who performed the surgery
  • Commonwealth Urology, where the procedure took place
  • Dr. Oliver James – Anaesthesiologist for use of general anaesthesia, when Seaton had specifically asked for it not to be administered.

In the lawsuit, filed in Kentucky State Court, the couple claim “loss of service, love and affection.” Phillip Seaton claims he has suffered mental anguish, pain, and has lost the enjoyment of life. The lawsuit states that Dr. Patterson received consent to perform a circumcision and only a circumcision, and that Seaton did not consent to his penis being removed.

The Seaton’s lawyer, Kevin George, said Dr. 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.

Dr. Patterson’s attorney, Clay Robinson, of Lexington said the procedure was medically necessaryand authorized by the patient. He said Dr. Patterson performed the surgery because the patient, 61-year-old Phillip Seaton, had cancer and had already given permission to perform any medical procedure deemed necessary. The doctor’s post-surgical notes show the doctor thought he detected cancer and removed the penis. Attorney Kevin George said a later test did detect cancer.

The Seatons’ suit is similar to one in which an Indianapolis man was awarded more than $2.3 million in damages after he claimed his penis and left testicle were removed without his consent during surgery for an infection in 1997.

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One Response to “Man Sues over Amputated Penis”

  1. This should be a wake up call to anybody who still trusts the medical profession. Hidden in the generic “consent to treat” is wordage such as the “perform any medical procedure deemed necessary” by the Doctor. Although this is in CLEAR VIOLATION of patient rights laws including the pesky “informed consent.”

    Usually this verbage is contained in an exhaustive document which you sign upon entering the hospital. Also contained (shockingly) are various permissions such as; permission to use your DNA for experimentation, permission to allow students to perform various things like YOUR SURGERY!, permission to destroy your body parts (a problem if you need to prove later that they were in error) and that all inclusive “Doctor can decide” to do whatever the hell he wants without informing the patient.

    They also have an amnesia and patient control drug called Versed/Midazolam. They will sneak this into your veins and it usually disconnects your memory but leaves you “appearing” awake and alert. This is when my surgeon claims that I gave permission for more intrusive treatment! Don’t ever let these people inject you with this poison. While I did not get amnesia (fail rate for this is around 10%) I was excessively obedient. I would have signed a consent for anything at that time. It does not matter if consent was obtained while you were under the influence of this evil poison!

    Most of the time it appears to me that “informed consent” is dispenced with and not obtained if the surgeon has decided ahead of time that he/she is going to do things to the patient that they will not give consent for. Doctors are ADVERSARIES! They are not there to help you, they are there to make money. They don’t give a damn about the patient any more, they have an arsenal of nasty tricks to force compliance.

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