When a prescribed medication caused a penis erection to last for weeks, veteran Edward Stallings was obviously upset. Matters only became worse when doctors started making fun of the situation, and now the veteran is suing the VA hospital.
This particular story about a long-lasting penis erection did not start with Viagra, as might be assumed. Instead, Stallings was being treated for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and was prescribed a single dosage of antidepressant Trazodon as a sleep aid. The painful erection that resulted ended with Stallings driving himself to the VA hospital, but his suffering did not end there.
For the next 10 days, the veteran says the doctors “essentially ran needles in his penis” after he developed fibrosis in his penis. Even with the medical attention, Stallings has not recovered feeling in his penis and he now has extreme difficulty urinating, according to Stallings’ lawyer, Jonathan Johnson.
“When they admitted him, he had to be hospitalized for 10 days,” Johnson said. “It’s not functional as a sex organ and he has trouble urinating. We’re going to bring a case against the VA.”
To make matters worse, Stallings says he was humiliated by the VA hospital doctors, and multiple nurses, who allegedly stopped by just to see the long-lasting penis erection.
Stalling said the following, according to WBTV.
“One had mentioned that I should line up all the women… I haven’t had that many people who had seen it in my whole life, until I went to that hospital.”
Johnson claims the VA hospital “treated him as some kind of spectacle to be viewed” and that “people who hear about this tend to laugh or snicker… but for [him], [his] sex life is over, permanently.” In response to these allegations, the VA hospital released this statement, according to Fox 13.
“The Atlanta VA Medical Center places the highest priority on delivering quality care while respecting the privacy of Veterans. Our focus has always been to deliver this care in a professional, compassionate and safe environment. When issues occur in our system we conduct reviews to identify, correct and work to prevent additional risk. It would be inappropriate to comment on this case without consent from the Veteran.”
Edward Stallings is seeking monetary damage for the damage done to his body. His lawyer has cited a previous case where a Pennsylvania man who won a $10 million lawsuit after suffering a prolonged erection after taking Trazodon. According to Weill Cornell Medical College’s Department of Urology, Trazodon has an “uncommon side-effect of prolonged erection” that occurs in a small percent of users.