Veteran Sues VA, Says Post-Surgical Treatment Led to Penis Amputation
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — An Army veteran is suing the federal government after he says that a Veterans Administration nurse kept an ice pack on his penis for too long after surgery, causing frostbite that led to its partial amputation.
According to the Associated Press, Michael D. Nash, 61, filed a $10 million medical malpractice lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday. In his lawsuit, Nash, who served in the Army in 1968 and 1969, went to the VA Hospital in Lexington in October of 2010 for medically-necessary surgery on his penis.
Afterward the operation, Nash’s lawyer, Larry Jones, claims that a VA nurse packed Nash’s groin with ice for 19 hours.
“It basically caused frostbite on his penis, which eventually caused gangrene,” Jones told the AP. “In addition to robbing someone of their manhood, they’ve robbed him of the simple ability to urinate just like every other person who lives in this world.”
Jones says that the gangrene forced doctors to amputate a five inch section of his client’s penis, and that Nash will require reconstructive surgery to allow him to urinate.
“It’s a senseless tragedy that should never have happened,” said Jones.
The Veterans Administration did not return calls for comment on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.