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Phillip Seaton Sues Dr. John Patterson for Amputating his Penis

| by Michael Allen

Phillip Seaton, of Waddy, Kentucky, claims that he did not consent to have his penis amputated even though cancer had been found during a surgery by Dr. John Patterson in 2007.

Dr. Patterson says he found cancer in Seaton’s penis during a circumcision surgery and that it had to be removed, reports CBS Cleveland. 

However, Seaton claims the surgery was only supposed to be a circumcision and he never authorized the amputation, nor was he given a chance to get a second opinion.

Kevin George, a lawyer for Seaton, told the Kentucky Court of Appeals that the medical waiver signed by his Seaton contained broad language and that Dr. Patterson should have gotten his consent before removing the penis.

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Seaton sued Dr. Patterson in 2008 after the operation that resulted in the amputation on Oct. 19, 2007.

Seaton also sued Jewish Hospital, where the surgery took place. The hospital settled with Seaton for an undisclosed amount.

Clay Robinson, an attorney for Dr, Patterson, said: “This case isn’t about a man’s penis being removed, it’s about cancer being removed."