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Jury Chucks Man's Chopped Penis Lawsuit

Doc found life-threatening cancer during circumcision, did partial amputation
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 25, 2011 2:47 PM CDT

(Newser) – Yes, he sliced off part of a man’s penis—but he also saved the guy’s life, said a jury in an unusual Kentucky court battle. Philip Seaton, 64, sued Dr. John Patterson for “loss of service, love and affection" over a circumcision that took off more than Seaton would have liked,because Patterson found life-threatening cancer. But jurors say Seaton shouldn’t get a cent: He “has our sympathy,” said one. But at the same time, he’s alive today because this man did what he did, because this man performed the surgery.”

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The jury took less than an hour to reach a 10-2 ruling rejecting Seaton’s claim of amputation without consent. “One of the main factors for us was he was going to have to have part of his penis removed regardless,” noted a juror. But Seaton plans to appeal the case, arguing the action was unjustified without imminent risk of death, the Courier-Journal reports. Seaton, his lawyer said in court, “has the right to decide what is going to happen to his penis.” (Read more penis stories.)

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