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A Kentucky doctor acted properly when he amputated part of a truck driver's penis after finding cancer during what was expected to have been a routine circumcision surgery in 2007, a jury found on Wednesday.
Phillip Seaton, 64, had sought $16 million in damages against Dr. John Patterson for performing the partial amputation after he discovered a cancerous tumor on Seaton's penis during the surgery, which had been expected to uncover a fungal infection.
His lawyer, Kevin George, said he planned to appeal.
A surgeon cannot change the agreed upon procedure "unless the patient's health is in immediate danger, unless he's in danger of dying immediately on the table," George said.
Seaton signed a consent form, although he cannot read or write. Read more: www.wlky.com...
According to court testimony, Patterson found cancer while performing a circumcision and removed about an inch of Seaton’s penis. Seaton, who is unable to read or write, signed a pre-surgery consent form allowing his doctor to perform any unforeseen condition found necessary. Seaton argued he never gave Patterson consent or permission to perform the amputation. On Tuesday, expert witnesses testified for both sides. Urologist Dr. David Benson testified for the plaintiff. Benson said he would not have performed the amputation without having a conversation first with the patient. Dr. David Paulson, a retired urologic surgeon and Duke University professor, testified for the defense that a doctor has permission to care for the patient in the patient’s best interest. Paulson said Patterson acted within the standard of care when he performed the procedure. Family members testified that Seaton has become an extremely angry person since the amputation. Read more: www.wlky.com...