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    Man sues doctor for amputating his penis in what was supposed to be a routine circumc



    Man sues doctor for amputating his penis in what was supposed to be a routine circumcision
    BY Larry Mcshane
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
    Thursday, August 18th 2011, 1:24 PM

    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."...


    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...#ixzz1VRYJwPrc

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    Talk about getting the short end of the stick.

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    It is terrible to laugh. That poor poor man. But there are just sooo many one-liners that spring to mind. I am trying to avoid the temptation.
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    Man down.

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    I read the title of this thread and I immediately thought "He probably has a good case".
    WHAT IF THE HOKEY POKEY IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT?

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    No doubt it would have been a better option to let the patient know about the cancer and then schedule emergency surgery if necessary. Is the doctor even a cancer specialist who can say with a glance how malignant the tumor he sees is and whether it could be cured by radiation therapy or cancer drugs?

    I think he should win his case, based on what we know from that article.

    Seaton and his wife Deborah are seeking unspecified damages from Dr. John Patterson to compensate the couple for "loss of service, love and affection."
    I do hope they realize their situation isn't quite that bad after they have had some time to think about it. He lost his penis but the capacity for love and affection is not dependent on that organ. I've never had one but I like to think I'm capable of experiencing love and affection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donjeta View Post
    No doubt it would have been a better option to let the patient know about the cancer and then schedule emergency surgery if necessary. Is the doctor even a cancer specialist who can say with a glance how malignant the tumor he sees is and whether it could be cured by radiation therapy or cancer drugs?

    I think he should win his case, based on what we know from that article.



    I do hope they realize their situation isn't quite that bad after they have had some time to think about it. He lost his penis but the capacity for love and affection is not dependent on that organ. I've never had one but I like to think I'm capable of experiencing love and affection.
    The surgeon should have at least consulted with the wife.

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    Hey, lets be honest here. I love my fiance very much. I'd do anything to preserve his life. If that meant amputating his penis, so be it. But if his penis was cut off during surgery for any reason other than emergency life-saving need, I'd be pissed off too.

    You can't just say 'Hmm, that big toe looks cancerous.. we'll just chop it off during this cholecystectomy and explain later.' For all that doctor knew, that cancer could have been EVERYWHERE and cutting off the penis would have been futile.

    Also, we don't know the man's age. He and his wife could still be in child bearing years. He should have been given the chance to freeze semen if the penis needed to be amputated.
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    If the doctor just amputated his penis and his testicles are intact they can get semen straight from the testicles so it's still not too late for that, unless he has had to have additional cancer treatments that affect semen production.

    Mr. Seaton is in his sixties according to http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/9802366 so maybe he's had children already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paintr View Post
    It is terrible to laugh. That poor poor man. But there are just sooo many one-liners that spring to mind. I am trying to avoid the temptation.
    Shooey, phew, I was afraid I was the only one that possibly grinned ok snickered when reading this. I can't imagine the shock and great disappointment the patient felt. On a positive note, he's 60. He had several decades of normalcy. imo


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    Quote Originally Posted by Donjeta View Post
    If the doctor just amputated his penis and his testicles are intact they can get semen straight from the testicles so it's still not too late for that, unless he has had to have additional cancer treatments that affect semen production.

    Mr. Seaton is in his sixties according to http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/9802366 so maybe he's had children already.
    Good point, thank you.

    Personally, everything on my body is mine and I don't want it cut off until I say it can be cut off.
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    I did not read the article at first....just saw the title and thought whoa....I have assisted in a circ and no way can you mistakenly cut off the penis while doing a circ..........of course that was many years ago but I doubt the procedure has changed,lol. Interesting case to say the least,lol.
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    I just read the title of this story to my 4 teenage sons...they unanimously agreed that the Dr. should have gone ahead and just removed the mans heart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
    The surgeon should have at least consulted with the wife.
    In emergency situations they should but IMO this probably wasn't the sort of immediately life-threatening emergency that can't wait until you can consult with the patient himself. Apparently he was in relatively good condition before the routine operation and I didn't see the articles mentioning any dangerous complications during the surgery. IMO it would have been the doctor's duty to consult with the patient because patients should have the right to refuse treatment and this is probably the kind of treatment that men very often would refuse. They should have done a full CT scan and other tests to rule out metastased cancer before operating as well because if he had been full of cancer everywhere in his body the penis amputation would have done nothing to prolong his life, it would just have dramatically lowered his quality of life in the last years or months, and it's part of medical ethics that a doctor should avoid doing harm to the patient. And if the doctor is not a cancer expert (do cancer experts spend their time performing routine circumcisions? I doubt it) he should have consulted another doctor in order to ask about other treatment options.

    Leaving this kind of decision to the wife would IMO probably lead to lots of unnecessary strain in the relationship. Just imagine the fights if she told them to amputate and he was unhappy with the decision. ("YOU told them to cut it OFF?!?!?!??*+%§(#)#))!!!!").

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