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Doctor Faces Lawsuit For Allegedly Wrongfully Amputating Man’s Penis

Trial proceedings have been put on hold in Louisville, Kentucky in  a case involving 61-year-old Philip Seaton who went into have a routine circumcision and the doctor…removed his entire penis.

The unfortunate incident happened on October 19, 2007 when Dr. John Patterson, who performed the procedure, said he removed Seaton’s penis without permission because he discovered it had a cancerous growth on it and performed the procedure to keep it from spreading.

However the lawsuit states the Dr. wasn’t given permission to do any such type of procedure.  ( Can You Say Cover Up) and the removal deprived the victim of receiving a second opinion.  On top of that, Seaton was discovered to have Stage 1 cancer in the area but doctors have said that that was something which was very treatable.

Dr. Oliver James, who administered anesthesia, and Commonwealth Urology, PSC was also named in the lawsuit.  He and Jewish Hospital already reached confidential settlements with Seaton.

Seaton, who woke up after the surgery to this discovery stated, “It’s a long ordeal that he hopes he can put behind him soon.”

The case against the doctor was supposed to go to trial Monday, but that’s been delayed because of questions about whether both parties could have received a fair trial given all of the publicity about the case.

A new trial date will be set next Wednesday.

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