(WVTM) A man has filed a lawsuit against Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham and a number of other defendants claiming his penis was amputated without his permission.
The man and his wife filed the lawsuit Tuesday in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County. According to the lawsuit, the man was scheduled to be circumcised last month in connection with health concerns. When he awoke from the procedure, he discovered the amputation.
"Needless to say, our client is devastated, inconsolable, and the family's suffering continues," said John Graves, the family's attorney.
The lawsuit states the amputation was performed "without medical necessity or rationale," and caused "additional/extended physical pain and suffering during his recovery; he was caused to remain in the hospital for an additional period while recovering from the amputation…"
"The only substantial comment made to the family was, 'I didn't do it,'" Graves said.
The man also says he suffered mental anguish and emotional distress from the "permanent physical disfigurement and impairment."
The couple says they never gave consent to a complete or partial amputation and were never warned that a circumcision procedure could be a result. The lawsuit also claims the medical staff negligently failed to "seek assistance from a consulting physician when problems/difficulties were noted during the circumcision procedure…"
"We want to know why this happened. We want to know how this happened. We want to know what sorts of procedures were supposed to have been in place to prevent this from happening so it doesn't happen to somebody else," Graves said.
Graves said he's put in a request for the medical records in the case, which are still pending but he believes will "tell the tale" as to what happened in the operating room while the victim's wife waited in the waiting room.
"She wants to know why, why didn't someone come get her at the hospital and tell her something was going wrong. She was there during the procedure. They could have told her, they could have asked her permission," Graves said.
The lawsuit names Baptist Health System, Inc., Urology Centers of Alabama, P.C., Simon-Williamson Clinic P.C. and two doctors.
In response to the lawsuit, Baptist Health System sent Alabama's 13 the following statement:
"We have reviewed the allegations set forth in the Complaint against Baptist Health System, Inc., and find them to be non-meritorious. We intend to defend all counts aggressively. At this time, we cannot comment further on this pending litigation."
We also reached out to the Urology Centers of Alabama where a representative said he could not comment on pending litigation.