'Flesh-Eating Bug' Left Man With 1.5-Inch Penis

'The little that's left just doesn't function anymore'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2018 7:41 AM CDT
A six-figure settlement has been awarded.   (Getty Images/Steve Debenport)

(Newser) – A UK cancer patient who lost all but an inch and a half of his penis to a flesh-eating infection, leaving him unable to have sex, is being compensated to the tune of six figures. The undisclosed sum was awarded to Andrew Lane, 63, who contracted necrotising fasciitis after his bowel was punctured during surgery to remove his prostate gland in March 2013, reports the Guardian. Undetected for six days, according to lawyers, the complication left Lane with an inch and a half of his penis and a bulging stomach, as affected muscle in that area had to be removed. "I can't bear to look in the mirror" and "feel less of a man," says Lane, who wed his longterm partner following the procedure, per the BBC.

"My wife and I have been together for 18 years and enjoyed a healthy sex life but since this happened, that has been impossible. The desire is still there, but the little that's left just doesn't function any more," continues Lane, who is incontinent, "in constant pain" from hernias, and has been treated for depression. "Knowing that just a scan a few days earlier would have prevented all of this is very difficult to accept," he adds. As part of the July settlement with the Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the Essex hospital admitted to "failures in relation to delays in Mr. Lane's diagnosis." Lane says he now wants others to know "how dangerous this flesh-eating bug is." (Penis transplants are available.)

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