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Man claims his penis was mistakenly amputated

Published On: Jul 24 2014 03:16:38 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 25 2014 08:17:34 AM CDT
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An Alabama man has filed a lawsuit accusing doctors of mistakenly amputating his penis during a routine circumcision.

Officials at Princeton Baptist Medical Center told The Associated Press the claims were without merit.

According to the lawsuit, Johnny Lee Banks Jr. underwent the surgery last month.

He was expecting a circumcision, but claims his penis was gone when he awoke from the anesthesia.

Banks and his wife, Zelda, are seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

The lawsuit accuses the hospital of medical malpractice, negligence and other wrongdoing, according to the AP.

"We intend to defend all counts aggressively," said a statement from Baptist Health System Inc., which operates the hospital in Birmingham.

The hospital declined further comment.