Oh, Kentucky...

Via CBS News'Health Pop:

A Kentucky man wants his day in court after going in for a routine circumcision on October 9, 2007 - and waking up without a penis.

Phillip Seaton of Waddy and his wife, Deborah claim in a lawsuit that Dr. John Patterson of Louisville did not consult them before removing Seaton's penis. They're seeking damages for "loss of service, love and affection." The trial is set to begin Monday.

Dr. Patterson maintains the removal was necessary because he found cancer during the surgery.

Kevin George, Seatons' attorney, said Dr. Patterson's post-surgical notes show the doctor thought he detected cancer and removed the penis. Lab tests confirmed Seaton had squamous cell carcinoma.

But George said the situation was not an emergency, and argued the family should have been allowed to get a second opinion.

The doctor disagreed.

"While it is unfortunate that he developed this cancer, it is both unfair and unreasonable to blame a physician for providing what was appropriate and necessary care for his condition," Patterson said in a 2008 press release reported by The State Journal of Frankfort, Ky.

Was the doctor right to cut off Seaton's penis? Or did Seaton get shafted?

But the case raises a serious question. Can a doctor just decide to take this step if he/she feels it will save a patient's life?

Whether or not a surgeon has the right to perform surgery is "a difficult question," Dr. Douglas Diekema, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Circumcision Task Force told CBS News in an email. "If the situation is truly, imminently life threatening, they can and should act."

But Diekema, who was not involved with this case, added, "If there is sufficient time to wake the patient and discuss the situation with the patient, that is generally preferred - particularly if the discovery of something like cancer will involve the removal of an organ or limb."

Poor guy, but LOL.


Welcome to twenty-eleven!
A time where people walk around waiting for a catastrophe and then equate that with winning the lottery, or something.

Schweigsame said…
Doctors are not god...no matter what so many of them think. The very first part of their oath is "I promise to do no harm."

The man's heart had not stopped beating, he had not stopped breathing. There was no reason he could not have been afford the right to make his own mind about what to do about his own body and life.

It's a clear case of the doctor thinking he knows best about someone else's life and body.

Are we SURE the doctor wasn't really a woman?
Dean Grey said…
Ultimately the patient should have the final say what is done to his body.

Even if cancer was detected, it should be up to the patient to decide how and if it gets treated!


Writer said…
Thank you for visiting, Mrs. Panksi-Dixon, and your characterization of 2011 is spot on. :)
Writer said…
Schweigsame, nope it was a man...maybe he was jealous. But this the state in which a doctor was sued for burning "UK" into a woman's uterus. =/
Writer said…
Ouch, indeed, Jon. :)
Writer said…
I agree, Dean. The doctor had the opportunity to wake the man and tell him what's what. Hopefully he'll lose his license; sadly though if he should, the former doctor will probably run for governor or US Congress. =/
Schweigsame said…
Prediction, if he loses his license (as he would in any law-abiding society), then Rick Perry will make him Surgeon General.
Writer said…
Or, he'll run for office as either a Kentucky governor or a US Senator from Kentucky: cough cough Ernie Fletcher cough cough Rand Paul cough cough hack vomit...


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