Monday, March 9, 2015

PENNSYLVANIA: Parents sue doc and hospital for botch

The Times-tribune (Pennsylvania)
January 30, 2015

Couple claims Moses Taylor doc botched son's circumcision
by Jon O'Connell
A Spring Brook Twp. couple have sued a Scranton doctor and Moses Taylor Hospital for what they say was a botched circumcision for their son.

The couple’s attorney, Peter Paul Olszewski Jr., on Thursday filed the civil suit in Lackawanna County Court claiming Maria T. Bigus, D.O., disfigured and caused permanent damage to the boy’s penis while performing a routine circumcision procedure in August 2013.

The Times-Tribune is withholding the names of the parents and their son because of the child’s age. Commonwealth Health, Moses Taylor Hospital’s parent company, does not comment on pending litigation, spokeswoman Renita Fennick said.

The lawsuit says Dr. Bigus performed the circumcision on Aug. 7, one day after the boy was born, but failed to take extra precautions to account for hypospadias, an abnormalitiy in his penis that occurs when the [opening to the]  urethra is in the wrong position. 

The suit accuses Dr. Bigus and the hospital of failing to assess the infant’s condition before and during the procedure. A physical exam report dated Aug. 8 — the day after the procedure — noted the abnormality, but by that point, the damage had been done.

After leaving the hospital, the boy’s parents noticed a split urine stream, a symptom of a blockage in his penis, which will require complicated surgery to correct.

The parents have been told their son’s condition could require future surgeries, and the injuries from the circumcision are of a “continuing and permanent nature,” the suit says.
The suit seeks restitution for all damages that are allowed by law.

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