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August 25th, 2011
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A six-man, six-woman jury said it did not agree with 64-year-old Phillip Seaton and his wife, Deborah, that Dr John Patterson had failed to exercise proper care. Mr Seaton also sued because he said he hadn't consented to the amputation.

The doctor said he decided to amputate less than an inch of the penis after he found potentially deadly cancer during surgery in 2007. The rest of the penis was taken off later by another doctor.

Dr Patterson testified that when he cut the foreskin, the tip of the penis had the appearance of rotten cauliflower, indicating cancer. A pathologist later testified that tests confirmed the diagnosis.

"What I saw was not a penis. What I saw was cancer," Dr Patterson had testified.

His lawyer said during the three-day trial in Shelby County Circuit Court that the doctor saved Mr Seaton's life with his decisive action.

Mr Seaton's lawyer countered that Dr Patterson should have sewn up his patient and consulted with the couple about such a life-altering surgery and his options to treat the cancer.

"He was mutilated," attorney Kevin George said during closing arguments that took about as long as the jury deliberations. "His manhood was taken."

All jurors declined to comment as they filed out of the courthouse after the trial.

Mr Seaton, a former truck driver, and his wife of 35 years had been seeking nearly $16 million (£10m) in damages for "loss of service, love and affection." They declined to comment after the verdict.




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