Alabama Man Goes for Circumcision, Loses Penis Instead

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By Vittorio Hernandez | July 25, 2014 9:53 PM EST

Sgt. Matt Krumwiede of the U.S. Army has a wound tended to by his mother Pam Krumwiede, after a day of hunting at a ranch outside San Antonio, Texas, in this November 3, 2013 file photo. Krumwiede was on patrol in Afghanistan in 2012 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device which tore away both his legs, damaged his left arm, and ripped open his abdominal cavity. Since then he has undergone dozens of surgeries and spent time recovering at Brooke Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, learning to walk again with the use of prosthetic legs. In June 2014, he visited to his hometown of Pocatello, Idaho for the first time since he was injured. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY HEALTH POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 10 OF 35 FOR PACKAGE 'KANDAHAR TO IDAHO - A LIFE IN RECOVERY' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'MATT KRUMWIEDE'
Sgt. Matt Krumwiede of the U.S. Army has a wound tended to by his mother Pam Krumwiede, after a day of hunting at a ranch outside San Antonio, Texas, in this November 3, 2013 file photo. Krumwiede was on patrol in Afghanistan in 2012 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device which tore away both his legs, damaged his left arm, and ripped open his abdominal cavity. Since then he has undergone dozens of surgeries and spent time recovering at Brooke Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, learning to walk again with the use of prosthetic legs. In June 2014, he visited to his hometown of Pocatello, Idaho for the first time since he was injured. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY HEALTH POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 10 OF 35 FOR PACKAGE 'KANDAHAR TO IDAHO - A LIFE IN RECOVERY' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'MATT KRUMWIEDE'

Johnny Lee Banks Jr of Birmingham filed a lawsuit on Tuesday at the Jefferson County Circuit Court against the Princeton Baptist Medical Center for malpractice. The lawsuit includes the hospital, a clinic, two doctors and other hospital staff involved in his medical procedure.

He went to the hospital in June for circumcision, but the surgeon made a mistake and cut off his penis. He only discovered his genital missing when he woke up from the procedure, the Associated Press reports.

Banks said the botched procedure caused him extreme pain, while his wife, Zelda, who joined him in the lawsuit, is also suffering from the wrong procedure in which only the foreskin of the glans should have been removed, only to find the entire penis gone.

The lawsuit includes the Urology Centers of Alabama where Banks had been receiving treatment prior to the circumcision procedure which turned into a nightmare. Banks said he was never warned of the possibility that the procedure would result in losing his penis and he didn't consent to full or partial amputation.

A hospital spokesperson said Banks's lawsuit lacks merit.

In 2011, a man filed a similar lawsuit in Kentucky after his organ was partly amputated when the surgeon found potentially fatal cancer while performing a circumcision. The man lost the case after the jury said the doctor exercised proper care in cutting off the penis without consulting the patient.

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Sgt. Matt Krumwiede of the U.S. Army has a wound tended to by his mother Pam Krumwiede, after a day of hunting at a ranch outside San Antonio, Texas, in this November 3, 2013 file photo. Krumwiede was on patrol in Afghanistan in 2012 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device which tore away both his legs, damaged his left arm, and ripped open his abdominal cavity. Since then he has undergone dozens of surgeries and spent time recovering at Brooke Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, learning to walk again with the use of prosthetic legs. In June 2014, he visited to his hometown of Pocatello, Idaho for the first time since he was injured. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY HEALTH POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 10 OF 35 FOR PACKAGE 'KANDAHAR TO IDAHO - A LIFE IN RECOVERY' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'MATT KRUMWIEDE'
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