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Patient testifies in circumcision case

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SHELBYVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A Shelby County man whose penis was amputated by a doctor told his shocking story to a judge and jury on Monday.

Phillip Seaton described the moment he first saw his penis after what was supposed to be a routine circumcision: "I got up out of bed, went to the restroom, and looked to see what he was talking about and I pulled the dressing down and I didn't see nothing."

Seaton was the first witness to testify in his civil trial on Monday. The Shelby County man is suing urologist Dr. John Patterson with Commonwealth Urology for loss of service, love, and affection after much of his penis was removed during a 2007 circumcision.

Seaton testified, "He says I got good news and bad news. The bad news is you have cancer. The good news is I had to cut some of your penis off."

Jurors were shown four pictures of Seaton's penis post-surgery. Seaton says another doctor removed what was left two years ago because of continuing infections. Dave Seaton testified his once upbeat brother is now extremely depressed and angry:  "The spark has gone out of his eyes. He used to be such a happy person."

The defense argues Seaton's cancer was far gone, describing it in court as a rotten cauliflower that Dr. Patterson had no choice but to remove.  Defense attorney Clay Robinson stated, "Mr. Seaton is here today able to be in this courtroom and bring this claim and bring any allegation that he and his attorney want to make because John Patterson saved his life."

Robinson showed jurors Seaton's signed consent to perform any unforeseen procedures Dr. Patterson deemed necessary. Seaton says a nurse read part of the consent form to him because he's illiterate.

Seaton's attorney argued Dr. Patterson had no experience in amputation and should have consulted with the 64-year-old truck driver and his wife. Seaton told jurors the last four years since the surgery have been a bad dream he wants to wake up from.  "I'm mad because I didn't have no say in it, what happened to me. I was not told what had to be done. It was just done."

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