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Family Sues After Baby Loses Testicles In Botched Surgery, Hospital Says Parents Gave Unrestricted Consent

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The parents of an Oregon boy who lost his testicles during a surgery at Oregon Health & Science University are suing for $1.5 million.

The boy, who was 11 months old at the time, was diagnosed with Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome, a rare condition that caused his testicles not to descend.

In 2009, his parents signed a consent form for two procedures to fix the condition. The doctors did it in one operation.

After the operation, the boy lost blood supply to his testicles, rendering them useless.

Now 5 years old, the boy will have to undergo testosterone treatments twice a month for the rest of his life starting at age 11.

OHSU attorney Nikola Jones says the consent form his parents signed gave the surgeon unrestricted power to use his best judgment during the procedure.

"There are inherent risks of surgery ... despite a surgeon's best efforts," Jones said.

Attorney Greg Kafoury, who is not involved in the case, told KOIN 6 News that signing a consent form doesn’t give a doctor immunity in the event that something goes wrong with the procedure.

"The forms cannot and do not absolve a doctor of negligence and it's the jury's right to decide that," Kafoury said.

Sources: KOIN 6 News, The Oregonian