martes, 18 de junio de 2013

Doctor cleared of negligence in eight-month erection case

A Delaware doctor has been cleared of negligence after one of his patients was left with an erection that lasted eight months.
Truck driver Daniel Metzgar, 44, from New Jersey, underwent a penile implant procedure to cure his erectile dysfunction in 2009.
However he launched legal action against urologist Thomas Desperito after he was left with the problem that wouldn’t go away.
He decided to see a doctor four months after the initial surgery when his scrotum swelled to ‘the size of a volleyball’, however he was unable to contact Dr Desperito directly.
The doctor’s lawyer argued that hospital staff who performed tests were unfamiliar with penile implants and were not properly trained to do them.
The jury agreed that therefore, the results from the tests, including images showing swelling, did not prove negligence.
During the trial Mr Metzgar told the court how he was forced to wear baggy trousers and long shirts to hide this embarrassing problem.
‘I could hardly dance, with an erection poking my partner,’ Mr Metzgar said. ‘It’s not something you want to bring out at parties and show to friends.’
He added he was ‘stunned’ by the jury’s decision clearing Dr Desperito of negligence.
The doctor’s lawyer, Colleen Shields, said: ‘We think the jury reached the appropriate verdict.’

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