Man wakes up after operation without penis

DALLAS (Reuters) - An out-of-court settlement has been reached in the case of a North Texas man who woke up from bladder surgery only to find that doctors had amputated his penis without permission, lawyers say. Terms of the out-of-court settlement were not disclosed but Hurshell Ralls, 67, had been seeking over $5 million (3 million pounds) in a civil suit he filed in Wichita Falls, Texas, against the two doctors who removed his penis. They did not admit to any wrongdoing in the settlement.

The hospital where the surgery was performed was also named in the suit.

Ralls' attorney Steve Briley said on Thursday that his client was having surgery in 1999 to remove a cancerous bladder, which would likely include the removal of his prostate gland. He contends that doctors removed Ralls' penis after they mistakenly thought the cancer had spread to the male sex organ. He charged the doctors -- John S. Dryden and Farid Khoury -- with not seeking consent for the penis amputation and negligence.

He also said a pathology test indicated that Ralls' penile tissue was not cancerous.

Ralls and his wife have not been able to recover from the anger and shock they felt after the surgery, his attorney said. "Mr. Ralls was not informed that he was going to wake up and not have a penis," Briley said.

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