Circumcision Atrocity Suit Filed Against Coles County Hospital

Malpractice by Ob-Gyn Caused Lifetime Damages to Infant



Jul 18, 2007, 01:00 ET from Latherow Law Office

    MATTOON, Ill., July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The day after birth on February
 15, 2007, an infant at Sarah Bush Hospital had a standard circumcision
 procedure performed by Dr. Sherif Malek. However, what should have been a
 forgotten memory for the boy became a lifelong nightmare. Due to
 negligence, Dr. Malek severed the entire glans, commonly termed the head,
 of the infant's penis. Today, Jerry A. Latherow of Latherow Law Office on
 behalf of plaintiffs Boy Doe (the infant) and his mother, Jane Doe, filed a
 complaint for compensation for damages against Sarah Bush Lincoln Health
 System, Inc, 1000 Health Center Drive, Mattoon, IL, and Sherif Malek, D.O.
 in the Circuit Court of Coles County, Illinois.
     The infant was a healthy seven pound newborn who was delivered without
 complications on February 14, 2007. The following day, a routine
 circumcision was performed on the infant by Dr. Malek using a Mogen clamp,
 a metal, hinge-shaped device used during the procedure. At the completion
 of the circumcision, hospital records indicated there was significant
 bleeding. Inspection of the penis revealed nearly all of the glans had been
 amputated at the time of the circumcision. Three months later, the infant
 required penile skin transfer surgery at the University of Illinois, with
 need for future procedures, some of which are only appropriate at the age
 of puberty.
     According to medical expert witness, Dr. David Zbaraz with Northwestern
 Memorial Hospital in Chicago, who reviewed the Sarah Bush medical records
 of the infant, "The Mogen clamp when used properly cannot amputate a male
 infant's glans. The injury to this boy was completely preventable."
     Across the United States major settlements have been made for botched
 circumcisions. In 1991, a hospital in Atlanta, GA, agreed to pay $22.8
 million because of negligence during a circumcision. Also in New York City
 a boy received $1.2 million for a circumcision error, and in Lake Charles,
 LA a family received $2.75 million after a boy's penis was burned during a
 routine circumcision.
     "Through simple carelessness at Sarah Bush Hospital, a boy will face
 physical disfigurement and psychological trauma throughout his life," said
 Jerry A. Latherow, the attorney representing Boy Doe and Jane Doe,
 "Unfortunately, caps on medical malpractice cases in Illinois will prevent
 the boy from recovering more than $500,000 against the physician for the
 lifelong deformity and urological care, and any associated psychological
 problems. Sadly, the hospital's liability for such damages is capped at $1
 million. Even before the case is tried, a mother and her child have been
 robbed."
     A complete copy of the complaint is available upon request.
     About Jerry A. Latherow
     Jerry A. Latherow is a veteran trial lawyer who has attained verdicts
 and settlements for his clients in cases involving medical malpractice,
 vehicular and construction liability, and airplane crash cases. In 2003, he
 was recognized by the National Law Journal as obtaining one of the top 100
 verdicts in the country.
     CONTACTS:
     Jerry A. Latherow, attorney for plaintiffs: 312-372-0052 (o),
      312-520-0052 (c)
     Patty Peterson, Sarah Bush Hospital: (217) 258-2420
     Tom Ciesielka, TC Public Relations: 312-422-1333
 
 

SOURCE Latherow Law Office
    MATTOON, Ill., July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The day after birth on February
 15, 2007, an infant at Sarah Bush Hospital had a standard circumcision
 procedure performed by Dr. Sherif Malek. However, what should have been a
 forgotten memory for the boy became a lifelong nightmare. Due to
 negligence, Dr. Malek severed the entire glans, commonly termed the head,
 of the infant's penis. Today, Jerry A. Latherow of Latherow Law Office on
 behalf of plaintiffs Boy Doe (the infant) and his mother, Jane Doe, filed a
 complaint for compensation for damages against Sarah Bush Lincoln Health
 System, Inc, 1000 Health Center Drive, Mattoon, IL, and Sherif Malek, D.O.
 in the Circuit Court of Coles County, Illinois.
     The infant was a healthy seven pound newborn who was delivered without
 complications on February 14, 2007. The following day, a routine
 circumcision was performed on the infant by Dr. Malek using a Mogen clamp,
 a metal, hinge-shaped device used during the procedure. At the completion
 of the circumcision, hospital records indicated there was significant
 bleeding. Inspection of the penis revealed nearly all of the glans had been
 amputated at the time of the circumcision. Three months later, the infant
 required penile skin transfer surgery at the University of Illinois, with
 need for future procedures, some of which are only appropriate at the age
 of puberty.
     According to medical expert witness, Dr. David Zbaraz with Northwestern
 Memorial Hospital in Chicago, who reviewed the Sarah Bush medical records
 of the infant, "The Mogen clamp when used properly cannot amputate a male
 infant's glans. The injury to this boy was completely preventable."
     Across the United States major settlements have been made for botched
 circumcisions. In 1991, a hospital in Atlanta, GA, agreed to pay $22.8
 million because of negligence during a circumcision. Also in New York City
 a boy received $1.2 million for a circumcision error, and in Lake Charles,
 LA a family received $2.75 million after a boy's penis was burned during a
 routine circumcision.
     "Through simple carelessness at Sarah Bush Hospital, a boy will face
 physical disfigurement and psychological trauma throughout his life," said
 Jerry A. Latherow, the attorney representing Boy Doe and Jane Doe,
 "Unfortunately, caps on medical malpractice cases in Illinois will prevent
 the boy from recovering more than $500,000 against the physician for the
 lifelong deformity and urological care, and any associated psychological
 problems. Sadly, the hospital's liability for such damages is capped at $1
 million. Even before the case is tried, a mother and her child have been
 robbed."
     A complete copy of the complaint is available upon request.
     About Jerry A. Latherow
     Jerry A. Latherow is a veteran trial lawyer who has attained verdicts
 and settlements for his clients in cases involving medical malpractice,
 vehicular and construction liability, and airplane crash cases. In 2003, he
 was recognized by the National Law Journal as obtaining one of the top 100
 verdicts in the country.
     CONTACTS:
     Jerry A. Latherow, attorney for plaintiffs: 312-372-0052 (o),
      312-520-0052 (c)
     Patty Peterson, Sarah Bush Hospital: (217) 258-2420
     Tom Ciesielka, TC Public Relations: 312-422-1333
 
 SOURCE Latherow Law Office