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Man wakes up without penis after going in for circumcision

By Sowetan LIVE | 2014-07-28 09:49:09.0

Johnny Lee Banks Jr., 56 from Alabama claims he woke up from surgery with his penis amputated after going to a hospital for a routine circumcision.

According to a malpractice lawsuit filed last week, Banks, who had been treated for an unnamed condition at a urology center, went to the Princeton Baptist Medical Center for the procedure.

Banks never received an explanation as to why his penis was amputated and the doctors performing the procedure didn’t ask for assistance when the surgery became complicated, according to the suit.

"When the plaintiff ... awoke from his aforesaid surgical procedure, his penis was amputated," according to the lawsuit. The plaintiffs "never gave consent for the complete or partial amputation of (his) penis,"

"My client is devastated," said Banks' attorney John Graves. Banks, who is married and does not work due to a disability, did not recall the precise date of the incident but believed it occurred in June, his attorney said.

A spokeswoman for the hospital's parent company said in a statement that Banks' allegations were without merit. "We intend to defend all counts aggressively," said Kate DeWitt Darden, spokeswoman for Baptist Health System.

The lawsuit does not specify a monetary value of the damages. The hospital, the Simon-Williamson Clinic, Urology Centers of Alabama and two doctors are named as defendants in the lawsuit, according to Graves. Representatives for the Simon-Williamson Clinic and the Urology