Alabama man sues hospital he claims ‘amputated’ penis instead of circumcising it
(Reuters) – An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.
Johnny Lee Banks Jr., 56, said in a lawsuit filed in state court earlier this week that no one at the Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, had told him why it had been necessary to remove his penis, according to his attorney, John Graves.
“My client is devastated,” Graves said.
Banks, who is married and does not work due to a disability, did not recall the precise date of the incident but believed it occurred in June, his attorney said.
The lawsuit does not specify a monetary value of the damages, Graves said.
Named as defendants in the lawsuit are the hospital, the Simon-Williamson Clinic, Urology Centers of Alabama and two doctors, Graves said.
Spokeswomen for the hospital, the clinic and Urology Centers of Alabama did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky in New Orleans; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)
[Surgeon with scalpel via Shutterstock]