A 55-year-old Romanian man, who also happens to be a former soldier, is suing a hospital after he was admitted for a kidney operation but ended up having his penis amputated.
Costica Maroleanu, was less than happy when he woke up at, the County Hospital in the town of Buzau in eastern Romania, after suffering from kidney failure, to find his penis had been damaged.
Even though the initial operation, carried out by Dr Iurie Ciochina to fix the kidney issue was a success, a nurse fitted Mr Maroleanu’s catheter incorrectly, causing his genitalia to become severely infected and leaving doctors with no option but to remove the penis.
Speaking to reporters about the botched operation, the victim said.
“After the operation they told me there were some complications. Apparently the nurse had not properly fitted a small plastic pipe to help me urinate, and my penis became red and infected. I was moved to intensive care and four days later was moved to the nephrology department where they took a sample, but then they just left me there for 10 days. Eventually they did an operation, but then doctor went on holiday.”
Having been transferred to the Bucharest Military Hospital for numerous examinations, doctors concluded that the only possible course of action was the penis amputation.
As a spokesperson for the Romanian hospital said, “The foreskin was stripped away completely and most of the cells in the organ were dead. The member was black and the only remaining skin was at the base of the shaft and highly infectious. It was recommended to remove the necrotic elements, meaning amputation.”
In sharing his shock with reporters, Mr Maroleanu explained, “It was totally cut off. Now I urinate through an orifice that doctors made between my anus and my testicles. I urinate just like a woman. I’m devastated.”
The victim is now claiming around $600,000 in compensation from the hospital for malpractice, as he said, “If they hadn’t botched things up at the beginning this wouldn’t have happened.”
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