$1.5M lawsuit targets surgery that lost testicles

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The parents of a young boy are suing Oregon Health & Science University over a surgery that rendered the child’s testicles useless.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1h5fhHb ) that opening statements in the trial began last week in a lawsuit that seeks $1.5 million.

Surgeons performed work on the boy in 2009 in order to move his undescended testicles. The parents contend the move was supposed to occur over the span of two surgeries, but doctors attempted to move the testicles all at once. OHSU attorney Nikola Jones says the parents gave the surgeon unrestricted consent to use the surgeon’s best judgment.

The boy will have to undergo twice-monthly testosterone injections starting at age 11 for the rest of his life to ensure that he develops the secondary sexual characteristics of a man.

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