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Veteran Blames KY Nurse’s Medical Negligence for Penis Amputation

Posted on Oct 17, 2012

A lawsuit has been recently filed against the government for medical malpractice at a Kentucky VA hospital. Army veteran Michael Nash, 61, says that he went to a Louisville VA Medical Center for a penile prosthesis-placement procedure and circumcision in October 2010 and was a victim of medical negligence.

According to the lawsuit, a nurse left an ice pack directly on the veteran’s penis for about 19 hours following surgery. Medical experts interviewed by CNN stated that applying an ice pack to the groin for two to four hours, between layers of gauze, is standard following an operation such as this. 

Nash is claiming that the ice pack caused severe frostbite, which led to gangrene. According to the lawsuit, he had to have a 5-inch section of his penis removed due to the horrific series of events. His partial amputation left him without the ability to have sex or urinate normally.

Nash turned in a claim to the Department of Veterans Affairs, but they denied his medical negligence claim in July. Because of this claim denial, this veteran filed a lawsuit for $10 million against the federal government for lost wages, medical expenses, pain, suffering, loss of the enjoyment of life, and mental anguish that he will continue to incur. 

Although the medical care at VA facilities has improved through the years, there have been other disturbing reports of medical negligence from other VA medical centers over the past several years due to incorrect radiation doses and improper sterilization.

Our Northern Kentucky medical malpractice lawyers at the Law Offices of Schachter, Hendy, & Johnson would like to wish Mr. Nash all the best.

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