Tuesday, March 31, 2009

$2.3M awarded in suit over botched circumcision

This is disturbing beyond words...

A Fulton County jury has awarded $1.8 million in damages to a boy whose penis was severed in a botched circumcision.

The state court jury gave another $500,000 to the boy’s mother in the decision rendered Friday.

"The case involves a child, identified only as D.P. Jr., who was born at South Fulton Medical Center in 2004. In a suit filed two years later, his mother contended that the doctor who circumcised him removed too much tissue and that his pediatrician failed to respond when a nurse complained of excessive bleeding.

The tip of the penis was placed in a biohazard bag and might have been reattached if a urologist had attended to the boy within eight hours, one of the mother’s lawyers, David J. Llewellyn of Atlanta, said." LINK


O.K. I'm sure somewhere in my archives I said I would stop posting about circumcision, but this is *MY* blog, which means it's the one place I can go and NOT have to apologize for anything! People need to wake up, and the only way to do that is to come face to face with serious issues.


Mark Lyndon said...

The record payout for a botched circumcision is $22.8 million. It was said at the time that the victim "will never be able to function sexually as a normal male and will require extensive reconstructive surgery and psychological counseling as well as lifelong urological care and treatment by infectious disease specialists."
Sure, cases like that are very rare, but why should they happen at all? If you look up the galleries of botched jobs, one thing that may surprise you is just how many jobs were botched cosmetically, rather than medically. Skin tags and skin bridges and hair growing half way up the shaft are not normal, but would not be counted as medical complications.

Time to stop cutting parts off babies' genitals...

Angel said...

I couldn't agree with you more!

$22.8 million sounds like a lot but I bet it means nothing to the boy/man who is going through life without a penis :-(

And like you said... what about all the less than catastrophic cases that are never even heard of.

For what? religion? I suppose God willed it *except* when it ends in a botch job! *rolling eyes*