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Medical malpractice leads to amputated penis

Medical malpractice can have many serious consequences and leave a patient permanently disfigured. One man recently had his penis amputated after receiving what he feels was inadequate care from an urologist.

The 51-year-old patient first saw the urologist after odd bumps formed on his penis. Little did the patient know that the doctor he saw had faced charges of drug dealing and drug possession, among other things. More disturbingly, the doctor had also been accused of botching a penile-implant operation in which the 62-year-old patient’s penis became gangrenous. In response, the urologist allegedly moved most of it.

That patient filed a lawsuit claiming the urologist should have foreseen the complications that arose out of his diabetes. The urologist died that he was negligent and claimed that the patient caused his own injuries by having sex too soon after his surgery.

In the case of the 51-year-old patient, the urologist allegedly stripped down the infected tissue and packed the man’s penis with gauze to be removed after five days. The gauze was tied by string, which hung out from the man’s penis. This contraption left the patient in unbearable pain and other doctors were completely puzzled by the patchwork gauze-and-string job.

Unfortunately, instead of being removed in five days, the gauze remained in the patient for about three weeks. The man’s penis reportedly started changing colors and he was eventually treated for “severe penile infection and gangrene.”

At least four surgeries followed and resulted in the complete amputation of the man’s penis. In addition to the severe pain, the man also lost over 60 pounds from constantly being sickened by the surgeries including one infection which turned his hands and feet black.

The man says that he constantly lives in pain and that he is humiliated by his current condition. “I don’t think they have enough money to pay me for what they’ve done to me,” the man said.

He currently has a pending malpractice suit against the doctors involved in his care.

Source: Miami New Times, “Coral Gables penis doctor Paul Perito accused of mangling a patient’s member,” Gus Garcia-Roberts, Jan. 5, 2012

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