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Jury: No medical negligence in penile implant

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June 17, 2013 03:26 PM EST | AP


WILMINGTON, Del. — A jury in Delaware says there was no medical negligence in a penile implant procedure that the patient said left him with an 8-month erection.

The New Castle County Superior Court jury decided that urologist Dr. Thomas Desperito was not negligent in the procedure he performed in December 2009 on 44-year-old truck driver Daniel Metzgar.

The News Journal of Wilmington reported (http://delonline.us/11KM4Z8) that during the weeklong trial, Metzgar testified that his constant erection drew taunts from family and friends, as well as stares, slurs and threats from strangers. He testified that the procedure caused him to withdraw from much of life, wearing long, baggy sweat pants and a long shirt to hide his condition.

Metzgar had the prosthesis removed in August 2010, after tubing from the device punctured his scrotum.