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Attorney: Penis amputation incident was second attempt at circumcision after infection found in leg

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BIRMINGHAM, AL -

The attorney for a man whose penis was amputated during a recent scheduled circumcision at Princeton Baptist Hospital in Birmingham revealed more information today about the circumstances that led up to the incident.

According to John P. Graves, the 56-year-old man is diabetic and had a leg amputated. He was recommended to undergo the circumcision procedure to prevent any future infections that might jeopardize his health.

"As I understand the facts, he went in to have the (circumcision) procedure and they discovered an infection in his remaining leg and that leg had to be amputated. He had to recover from that before he could return to the medical providers to have the circumcision done," Graves explained.

He explained diabetics are very susceptible to infection, noting that "even the slightest infection on a toe can cause a diabetic to lose an entire leg."

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Graves said he and the family are focused on getting the medical records, which were requested two weeks ago and could shed light on the circumstances that led to the amputation. They hope to inspect the records so they can determine if there indeed was a breach in the man's standard of care that would be actionable under Alabama law.

Given his history of infection, Graves said the medical records should clearly reveal if additional infection was the cause for the amputation.

"In my opinion, I think my client and his family would have been fully aware if there was an infection problem in the penis. And he would have been advised about that prior to the surgery and he would have been advised that this infection could lead to the amputation of the entire penis. But without the records, this is all highly speculative," he explained.

"Produce the medical records. Produce the medical records so we can analyze them and explain to our client what happened, because nobody at Princeton Hospital did," Graves said.

Graves also noted that his client was more upbeat today and that he believed the suit gave his client "hope and a reason to live." However, he said his client was upset that the hospital called the case "unmerited," and that the case was an attempt to tarnish the reputations of doctors that were involved in the procedure.

"I would just beg to differ with that. Smearing someone's reputation has nothing to do with the Medical Malpractice Act, and we brought this lawsuit under the Medical Malpractice Act. The question of law that needs to be asked in that case, number one, what was the standard of care that was supposed to be provided and was that standard of care breached," he asked. "I don't have time to play games with other people's reputations. It's just not simply how we practice law at this firm."

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